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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I have been an atheist, and likely much longer.  There is a fascination in me of those who are sufficiently skilled in language that they structure words into concepts and ideas and proposed actions which grab my attention and interest, whether it is John F. Kennedy's unabashed statement: "We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," Robert A. Heinlein's blunt expression: "If you've got the truth, you can demonstrate it.  Talking doesn't prove it. SHOW people," or Captain Kirk's subtle yet important tactical observation, having encountered and been challenged by the dauntingly huge First Federation vessel: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... Poker!"

Certainly, atheism has had its share of skilled spokespeople, whose words have inspired and driven us, whether it was Madalyn Murray O'Hair, saying: "An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church," or Sam Harris, who noted that: "The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam," or Aron Ra's far more succinct: "If you can't SHOW it, you don't KNOW it."

Consciously or unconsciously, I suspect all of us have learned and grown from such words and many others, becoming stronger and more mature, not just in our atheism but in ourselves, having heard such words as these, and that is the point of this group: not to just deal in quotes which praise and promote atheism but which advance the cause of knowledge, self-understanding and self-ownership.  Each of us have likely heard someone say something and think, "Wow!" and resonated to the significance of what they heard.

That's what I want to do here: share, learn, and grow, not just from THEIR words, but our own.

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One suggestion for the main comment area of the group: Please keep your quotes to under 20 lines or 200 words.  That way, one entry won't dominate a given page of the comment area.  If you have a longer quote or speech which you think is significant, create a separate post in the group.

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Commentary by Doug Hanlon, Regarding the US Supreme Court

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Comment was by Kurt Neuleuf on October 25, 2022 at 8:22pm

The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life.
-Jaggi Vasudev

Comment was by Kurt Neuleuf on October 25, 2022 at 8:20pm

Governments don’t want an intelligent population because people who can think critically can’t be ruled. They want a public just smart enough to pay taxes and dumb enough to keep voting.
-George Carlin

Rebellion is not what most people think it is. Rebellion is turning off the TV and thinking for yourself.

Being considered crazy by those who are still victims of cultural conditioning is a compliment.
-Jason Hairston

The problem is not people being uneducated. The problem is that they are educated just enough to believe what they have been taught and not educated enough to question what they have been taught.
-Unknown

Don’t be afraid to be open-minded. Your brain isn’t going to fall out.
-Unknown

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 25, 2022 at 6:47am

Yes, I'm a materialist. I'm willing to be shown wrong, but that has not happened — yet. And I admit that the reason I'm unable to accept the claims of psychic, occult, and/or supernatural wonders is because I'm locked into a world-view that demands evidence rather than blind faith, a view that insists upon the replication of all experiments — particularly those that appear to show violations of a rational world — and a view which requires open examination of the methods used to carry out those experiments.
-- James Randi

It's a funny thing, James: I seem to be locked in that same world with you ... and I can't say as I mind at all!

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 24, 2022 at 6:43am
Is it the extremists who are corrupting Islam, or is it the moderates who are sanitizing it?
-- Ali Rizvi, from the documentary, Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Offhand, I'd say that the answer to that one is a resounding YES. The radicals twist Islam by cherry-picking those verses of the quran which support their viewpoint. The moderates at most sit back, wring their hands, and say, "Oh, dear" and do very little else, mostly out of fear of the radicals.

And thus we have the situation of 21st-century Islam
Comment was by Loren Miller on October 23, 2022 at 10:25am

Isn't atheism just another religion?' No, it isn't. Atheism has no creeds, rituals, holy book, absolute moral code, origin myth, sacred spaces or shrines. It has no sin, divine judgment, forbidden words, prayer, worship, prophecy, group privileges, or anointed 'holy' leaders. Atheists don't believe in a transcendent world or supernatural afterlife. Most important, there is no orthodoxy in atheism.
-- Dan Barker, Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

Atheism is the rejection of the proposition that a god or gods exist. That's IT. As Earl Scheib would say, "No ups and no extras."

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 22, 2022 at 8:59am

It's their own fault. They should have never given us uniforms if they didn't want us to be an army.
-- June Osborne, The Handmaid's Tale

Indeed, a massive mistake on the part of those who organized Gilead. Uniforms, even the ankle-length dress and "wings" of the Handmaids, have a "habit" (pun at your leisure!) of creating an integrated set of people, especially when they're under pressure or oppressed. They can also create personal bonds that will tell at critical times, as happened when Janice's stoning became a remarkable non-event, and there are doubtless other examples within Margaret Atwood's remarkable work.

My own opinion is simple: in the long term, Gilead is doomed, because it failed to fully understand the nature of the people it meant to control.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 21, 2022 at 6:34am

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.
-- Thomas Paine

And once again, Mr. Paine hits the nail on the head.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 20, 2022 at 10:03am

The human brain has the unique ability to doubt the reality presented to itself. To comprehend the dissonance between ideas and the truth of the surrounding world. God knows this, and it infuriates him. It terrifies him.
-- Autumn Christian, The Crooked God Machine

Well, let's be correct here. Something that doesn't exist can't be terrified or much of anything else. However, those who promote the idea of a controlling, all-powerful deity DO get very upset at those of us who don't buy into their malarkey ... and yes, they get furious and terrified, because we can provide a sounding board for those in the believing flock who may have doubts or questions.

The snake-oil salesmen don't like this, to which I say, "Boo-freaking-hoo."

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 19, 2022 at 7:38am

Atheism deprives superstition of its stand ground, and compels Theism to reason for its existence.
-- George Jacob Holyoake

Perhaps not so much just atheism but reasoned atheism that hobbles superstition, but that doesn't change the fact that Holyoake is quite right.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 18, 2022 at 7:30am

"I find it far more awesome, wonderful, that creation; our appearance in the world; should be the culmination, or at least one of the latest products of 3,000 Million years of organic evolution, than a kind of country trick, taking a rib out of a man's side in a trance.
-- David Attenborough

Indeed, a process of creation (for which you may read: "evolution!") which makes sense and is understandable. Magic, almost by definition, isn't meant to be understood at all by its audience.

 

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