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Organized religions need hate figures to galvanize the tribal mentality of us versus them, good versus evil.
unknown

Any church that preaches intolerance is contributing to the very real and deadly consequences of homophobia.
Giles Goddard

Creationists make it sound like a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Isaac Asimov

Telling an atheist they're going to hell is like telling a religious person they're going to Candyland. I'm sorry, you don't scare us.
Steven Crocker

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Religion is important in the life of one-half of U.S. women, whereas not even for one of six Europeans.
Bonnie Erbe

Science is not infallible, but it has something religion lacks: a process of testing claims against real-world observations
P.Z. Myers

The finality of death is the coldest truth one must face. Religion makes the perfect distraction.
Shaun

The Vatican has orchestrated a conspiracy of secrecy about child abuse for decades, if not centuries.
Marci A. Hamilton

We're afraid religion will become simply folklore, and that it will disappear.
Father Gerard Marier

'If you don't worship me you will burn forever.' I always thought that was ugly.
Gore Vidal

To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
Eric Hoffer

Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope.
P.J. O'Rourke

Where would we be if everyone was running round wanting to repossess their ancestral home from 70 AD?
unknown

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
Bill Watterson

The godless societies of Scandinavia rank near the top in every measure of societal and personal health.
Victor Stenger

God and religion are neither necessary nor sufficient for man to be good.
Ramakrishna CM

What turns me against religion is that you can’t rely on the followers to think logically, rationally or with an open mind. If they did there would be no religion. Everything that happens to them is either “already written” or “god’s will.”
Baron von Knifty

“Whatever we cannot easily understand we call God; this saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues.... Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
Edward Abbey

“Fantastic doctrines (like Christianity or Islam or Marxism) require unanimity of belief. One dissenter casts doubt on the creed of millions. Thus the fear and the hate; thus the torture chamber, the iron stake, the gallows, the labor camp, the psychiatric ward.
Wayne Adkins

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.
Thomas Huxley

I used to tell people only somewhat facetiously that the Catholic Church provided me with my living as a psychiatrist.
M. Scott Peck

The Catholic church make out they are fighting sexual abuse, but they are doing quite the opposite.
Walter Van Steenbrugge

These clerics [in Pakistan], they are so powerful, they are so bold, that now they are threatening everybody.
Mubarak Ali

You are a good person because you fear damnation, I'm a good person without obligation.
Guillermo Garcia Cruz

Offending fundamentalists is not my goal but if it's an inevitable side effect of opposing their ridiculous ideas then fine.
Johann Hari

The fact that religious faith provides consolation doesn't mean it's true.
Dirk Campbell

To most christians, the bible is like a Software License. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click "I agree."
Nim

Religion, not patriotism, is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
unknown

Ignore God and he might just go away.
Donald Clarke

Throughout the vast majority of the history of Christianity, capital punishment has been widely endorsed.
Judith Maltby

There will always be individuals who reject evolution for reasons that have little to do with evolution.
Salman Hameed

Gay human rights defenders are not persecuting Christians, we are simply asking them to stop persecuting us.
Peter Tatchell

Secularity of our population and culture is obviously growing and so religion is on the defensive.
Professor Barry Kosmin

Leaving religion improves sexual satisfaction dramatically for most people.
Dr. Darrel W. Ray

Theology is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking.
H.L. Mencken

Religion should be treated with ridicule, hatred and contempt, and I claim that right.
Christopher Hitchens

A lot of Americans celebrate Christmas like they participate in yoga: unaware and unconcerned about its religious roots.
Ed Stetzer

White Evangelical Christians are least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus
Phil Zuckerman

In the Catholic Church it has often seemed that the sin of the flesh was the only sin, and obedience the only virtue.
Yves Congar

The anti-abortion movement... is a new and dreadful inquisition- a misogynist inquisition.
Gregory Paul

Two out of three main party leaders [in the UK] manage without an imaginary friend.
Joan Smith

Lumping art in with religion as if they together represent some kind of opposition to science, is an insult to art and artists.
unknown

People who believe in God don't need proof of his existence, and they certainly don't want evidence to the contrary.
Ricky Gervais

The biggest problem with Southern Baptists is they don't stay under water quite long enough.
unknown

If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people.
Dr. Gregory House, House

People feel very guilty about sex when they are religious, but that does not stop them: it just makes them feel bad.
Dr. Darrel W. Ray

There is no harm in doubt and scepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made.
Richard Feynman

If you want to save your child from polio, you can pray or you can innoculate... Try science.
Carl Sagan

Evangelicals are the most pro-militaristic, pro-gun, and pro-corporate, while claiming to be lovers of the Prince of Peace.
Phil Zuckerman

The history of intellectual progress is written in the lives of infidels.
Robert G. Ingersoll

In many European places the [Catholic] church is losing whatever remains of its grip on society at an accelerating pace.
The Economist

The wealthy Catholic Church in the homeland of Pope Benedict XVI sees the number of its followers dwindling.
Juergen Baetz

A superstition is so intangible you can not get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable
Hypatia

Theologians seem to have decided that truth is optional and irrelevant.
P. Z. Myers

Religion could not have arisen had it not been for the fact of death.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
William James

I defy any genuine scientist to say that he believes in the Resurrection, or any other cardinal dogma of the Christian system
H.L. Mencken

Religions like to teach children as they find them easier to convince than grown
Jeremy Hardy

Anyone who needs a book to find their soul is truly lost.
unknown

Far more intelligent men than me believe in God, but at this stage in my life, I can't accept the logic.
Terry Wogan

You can always rely on the Catholic church's moral compass- whatever direction it points you should go the other way
P. Z. Myers

Cam someone please explain how 'integrating the Catholic faith into every aspect of school life' is not religious indoctrination?
unknown

The church gives you the disease [guilt] then offers you a fake cure.
Dr. Darrel W. Ray

The Abrahamic god enthusiastically endorses the vilest of all negations of freedom: slavery.
Paula Kirby

People are walking away from Christianity because it has become unpleasant and authoritarian.
Terry Sanderson

People who set them selves up to be our moral guardians almost always turn out to have feet of clay.
John Webb

To willingly submit yourself to religious dogma is to deny your imagination, inquisitiveness, and potential
Nigel Cubbage

Hospitals can do without bishops a whole lot easier than they can without doctors and nurses.
Recovering Catholic

It is time to reverse the prevailing notion that religious commitment is intrinsically deserving of respect
A.C. Grayling

To me, evolution is part of this big tapestry, called... reality!
Lewis Black

I could go through life without ever giving religion a thought were it not for the fact that it wilfully refuses to reciprocate
Joan Smith

I have witnessed first hand how [US] service members who are openly non-theist have been harassed by their commanders
Kathleen Johnson

God is more like an abusive spouse who only knows how to love through intimidation and violence.
Austin Cline

When it comes to self-righteousness and pomposity, religion has been the unchallenged winner for the last 5,000 years
Mark Steel

What I dislike intensely about religion are great hierarchies of power and wealth that represent male homophobia and misogyny
Anna Ford

The Pope's idea of 'aggression' is daring to argue for a different opinion from his.
Vera Pegna

I don't think you need religion to understand the moral implications of your actions.
Richard McShane

It's not that religious people should dictate policy, but they should have the right to speak in the public sphere
Tony Blair

To the religiously minded, altruism is an illusion, we are all irredeemable sinners and only God can save us.
unknown

Criticising, rejecting, denouncing and possibly satirising religion is the cornerstone of every free society
unknown

Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty may have found an established Clergy convenient auxiliaries
James Madison

In even its highest forms religion embraces concepts that run counter to all common sense.
H.L. Mencken

Religion, after all, is nothing but an hypothesis framed to account for what is evidentially unaccounted for
H.L. Mencken

Why should respect be extracted from us, for any and every religion, or any and every culture?
Minette Marrin

The Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships.
Thom Rainer

Men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth- often more so
Hypatia

Whether I like it or not, I belong to the Church which participated in the transatlantic slave trade
Archbishop John Sentamu

Religions are about patriarchal power, reflecting the societies from which they emerged
Joan Smith

The aggressive attacks on science from many quarters of the faith community have left some people feeling great resentment
James L. Evans

Creationism is an expression of anti-intellectualism, a preference for a folk understanding of the world
Massimo Pigliucci

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion
Aldous Huxley

Among mammals, a virgin birth (parthenogenesis) can only produce female offspring, for chromosomal reasons
Frank Zindler

Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance
Stephen King

Religion... comprises a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality
Sigmund Freud

Ah the loving omnipotent God, creator of all, including pathogens that cause early death and agony to countless millions
William Garrett

The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion
Treaty of Tripoli

Most of us suffer from a tendency to attribute some unseen agency to the events of our lives, where none actually exists.
unknown

I am astounded how often religious people confuse battles for equality with persecution.
unknown

The rise of the West had much less to do with democracy than with the rise of secularism
Peter Watson

It strikes me as hypocritical to pontificate about virtue while pursuing an ideological squeamishness about condoms
Nicholas D. Kristof

You do find goodness in people of faith, but the counter-instances blaze a gory trail through history.
Barbara Gunnell

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.
Bertrand Russell

When you think about it rationally, it does seem incredibly improbable that there is a God.
Jonathan Edwards

The priest through the centuries has always been the enemy of democracy.
Thomas Jefferson

I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
Doug McLeod

Biblical monotheism is not based on evidence but on revelation. It is not a matter of cognition but of commitment.
Jan Assmann

An agnostic is somebody who doesn't believe in something until there is evidence for it, so I'm agnostic.
Carl Sagan

By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
Richard Dawkins

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
John Buchan

It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men.
Carl Sagan

Faith is believing something you know ain't true.
Mark Twain

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.
Arthur C. Clarke

You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do.
[from Usenet]

It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
Mark Twain

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
Benjamin Franklin

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
George Bernard Shaw

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Carl Sagan

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
Chapman Cohen

Only Sheep need a shepherd!
unknown

Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest
Denis Diderot

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
unknown

As people become more intelligent they care less for preaches and more for teachers
Robert G. Ingersoll

Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies.
Thomas Jefferson

In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
James Madison

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
Benjamin Franklin

When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything equal to it.
Oscar Wilde

Abstinence makes the church grow fondlers
Unknown author

Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color.
Don Hirschberg

The trouble with theocracy is that everyone wants to be Theo.
James Dunn

Don't you know there ain't no devil, it's just god when he's drunk.
Tom Waits

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
Thomas Jefferson

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise." [April 1, 1774]
James Madison

This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it." [ in a letter to Thomas Jefferson]
John Adams

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.
John Adams

Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.
John Adams

Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1500 years.
John Adams

I do not believe in any revelation. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.
Charles Darwin

The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.
Abraham Lincoln

Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of.
Mark Twain

[The Bible] has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.
Mark Twain

I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.
Thomas Edison

So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake... Religion is all bunk.
Thomas Edison

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Since the 1970s, religion has once again become a factor in public life in a way that would have once seemed inconceivable
Karen Armstrong

Having begun to use their newly assertive elbows, Muslims are being mimicked by Sikhs and Christian evangelicals.
Cal McCrystal

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
Albert Einstein

'In God We Trust.' I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true.
Mark Twain

Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?
Friedrich Nietzsche

As the poet said, "Only God can make a tree-- probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Woody Allen

I do not believe in a personal God.
Stephen Hawking

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His father, in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter." [Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823]
Thomas Jefferson

The search for truth was never a religious goal.
unknown

If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank.
Woody Allen

How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?
Woody Allen

In the affairs of the world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it.
Benjamin Franklin

The pioneers and missionaries of religion have been the real cause of more trouble and war than all other classes of mankind.
Edgar Allan Poe

Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.
Voltaire

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
Voltaire

An honest god is the noblest work of man. ... God has always resembled his creators. He hated and loved what they hated and loved and he was invariably found on the side of those in power. ... Most of the gods were pleased with sacrifice, and the smell of innocent blood has ever been considered a divine perfume
Robert G. Ingersoll

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
Bertrand Russell

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
Gene Roddenberry

Creationists make it sound like a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Isaac Asimov

The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it.
George Santayana

Inspiration: A peculiar effect of divine flatulence emitted by the Holy Spirit which hisses into the ears of a few chosen of God....
Voltaire

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
Voltaire

Since the whole affair had become one of religion, the vanquished were of course exterminated.
Voltaire

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Belief means not wanting to know what is true.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.
Friedrich Nietzsche

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Our ignorance is God; what we know is science.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The intellectual advancement of man depends on how often he can exchange an old superstition for a new truth.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
Bertrand Russell

What a queer thing is Christian salvation! Believing in firemen will not save a burning house; believing in doctors will not make one well, but believing in a savior saves men. Fudge!
Lemuel K. Washburn

Civilization has come about by going to school more than to church.
Lemuel K. Washburn

All thinking men are atheists
Ernest Hemingway

I do not think it is necessary to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, reason, and intelligence wished us to abandon their use, giving us by some other means the information that we could gain through them.
Galileo Galilei

Gods always behave like the people who created them
Zora Neale Hurston

The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief-- call it what you will-- than any book ever written.
A.A. Milne

There may be Gods, but they care not what men do.
Henry David Thoreau

Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business.
Jesse Ventura

Truth in matters of religion, is simply opinion that has survived.
Oscar Wilde

I do not believe I have any immortality. The greatest evil in the world today is the Christian religion.
H.G. Wells

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Philip K. Dick

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
Isaac Asimov

Anyone who can worship a trinity and insist that his religion is a monotheism can believe anything... just give him time to rationalize it.
Robert Heinlein

If there is a God, he's got more important things to worry about than condom use
Mandy Williams

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
Robert Heinlein

The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders, a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are a conqueror. Kill all and you are God.
Jean Rostand

Infidel: In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.
Ambrose Bierce

Ocean: A body of water occupying 2/3 of a world made for man-- who has no gills.
Ambrose Bierce

Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.
L. Ron Hubbard

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
John Buchan

Faith is a euphemism for prejudice and religion is a euphemism for superstition.
Paul Keller

Prayers never bring anything... They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy- but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Christmas
W.C. Fields

Surprisingly, recent research suggests that a religious person is more likely to commit a crime than a non-religious person. One can even argue that the more religious the society, the more likely it is to have high crime rates.
Lisa Conyers

The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as the trouble with Christianity is the Christians.
H.L.Mencken

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
George Carlin

There is, in fact, nothing about religious opinions that entitles them to any more respect than other opinions get. On the contrary, they tend to be noticeably silly.
H.L.Mencken

Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration- courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth.
H.L.Mencken

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
H.L.Mencken

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
Helen Keller

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof
Ashley Motague

The Jews are a frightened people. Nineteen centuries of Christian love have broken down their nerves.
Israel Zangwill

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Thomas Szasz

I do not consider it a sign of divine love to consign to hell people who live good lives but make an honest mistake in belief
Moshe Shulman

Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
Benjamin Disraeli

I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.
Adolph Hitler

But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
Jesus, Luke 19:27

There is no reason why [religious] ideas shouldn't be as open to debate as any other.
Douglas Adams

If God wanted to forgive our sins, why not just forgive them? Who's God trying to impress? Presumably himself, since he is judge and jury, as well as execution victim.
Richard Dawkins

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Jesus, Matthew 10:34

Just because science so far has failed to explain something, such as consciousness, to say it follows that the facile, pathetic explanations which religion has produced somehow by default must win the argument is really quite ridiculous.
Richard Dawkins

An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor or Baal or the golden calf. As has been said before, we are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Richard Dawkins

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
Richard Dawkins

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.
Richard Dawkins

if there is only one Creator who made the tiger and the lamb, the cheetah and the gazelle, what is He playing at? Is he a sadist who enjoys spectator blood sports?
Richard Dawkins

One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.
Richard Dawkins

God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.
Rousseau

Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.
George Seaton

God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.
Francis Bacon, Sr.

Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
unknown

Religious people should be careful not to saw off the tolerant, secular humanist branch they're sitting on.
unknown

A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.
Mark Twain

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Seneca the Younger

I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
Doug McLeod

All the biblical miracles will at last disappear with the progress of science.
Matthew Arnold

Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.
Richard Dawkins

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Christopher Hitchens

You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate.
Richard A. Weatherwax

God should be executed for crimes against humanity
Bryan Gutierrez

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
Mark Twain

I’m a polyatheist – there are many gods I don’t believe in.
Dan Fouts

A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it.
David Stevens

He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
William Drummond

Remember, Jesus would rather constantly shame gays than let orphans have a family.
Stephen Colbert

When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.
Sigmund Freud

The only way to respect all religions equally is to respect none of them at all.
unknown

Atheism is a non-prophet organization
George Carlin

The fair majority of atheists want to see this world advance to what it could be without religion or god holding society back.'
unknown

I have no need for religion, I have a conscience.
unknown

Properly read, the bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived.
Issac Asimov

Atheists will celebrate life, while you’re in church celebrating death.
unknown

If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself.
Alexandre Dumas

Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma.
Sam Harris

Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions.
Frater Ravus

Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole without chewing.
unknown

The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it.
Robert G. Ingersoll

A believer states everything must have a creator but fail to say how he was created.
unknown

Man has always required an explanation for all of those things in the world he did not understand. If an explanation was not available, he created one.
Jim Crawford

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
Richard Dawkins

If all the Christians who have called other Christians “not really a Christian” were to vanish, there’d be no Christians left.
unknown

What has been Christianity’s fruits? Superstition, Bigotry and Persecution.
James Madison

Animals do not have gods, they are smarter than that.
Ronnie Snow

I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake… Religion is all bunk.
Thomas Edison

Fundamentalism, of any type, due to its prerequisite lack of intelligent thought, could prove to be the worst weapon of mass destruction, of all.
David J. Constable

To really be free, You need to be free in the mind.
Alexander Loutsis

Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakeable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
Richard Dawkins

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord does not work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
Emo Philips

The World is divided into armed camps ready to commit genocide just because we can't agree on whose fairy tales to believe.
Ed Krebs

I don't believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life.
Paul Keller

There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
Richard Lederer

Do not pray in my school, and I will not think in your church.
unknown

I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.
Jules Renard

You can not convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it is based on a deep-seated need to believe.
Carl Sagan

Appraise the Lord: Tax church property!
unknown

Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise, there wouldn't be religious people.
Doris Egan

People who don`t like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn`t have such funny beliefs.
unknown

The easy confidence with which I know another man`s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
Mark Twain

Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.
unknown

Doesn`t it bother you that you put more logical thought into choosing a car than you do in choosing a god?
unknown

The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail.
Gustaf Lindborg

If god doesn`t like the way I live, Let him tell me, not you.
unknown

If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.
Woody Allen

Is it not better to place a question mark upon a problem while seeking an answer than to put the label `God` there and consider the matter closed?
Joseph Lewis

...it is a telling fact that, the world over, the vast majority of children follow the religion of their parents rather than any of the other available religions.
Richard Dawkins

The 'Blessed Virgin Mary' was hoping for a girl.
unknown

The foolish reject what they see and not what they think; the wise reject what they think and not what they see.
Huang Po

Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
Peter Ustinov

Spirituality really lost its way when it became a stick to beat people with: 'Do this or you'll burn in hell.'
Ricky Gervais

There are all sorts of things that would be comforting. I expect an injection of morphine would be comforting... But to say that something is comforting is not to say that it`s true.
Richard Dawkins

Religion. It`s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.
Charlie Chaplin

To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy.
David Brooks

People in America look at extreme Muslims, and how they are brainwashed, but not at themselves.
Heath Gresham

God made me an atheist. Who are you to question his wisdom.
unknown

The power of god has given men the ability to realize that he does not exist.
Andre dos Santos

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
Sigmund Freud

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.
Jose Bergamin

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.
Arthur C. Clarke

Who needs Satan when you have a God like this?
Robert M. Price

Anyone can be a bigot. But divine bigots must count as the most intractable; the most infuriatingly impervious to reason.
Douglas Murray

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.
Martin Luther

Religion has tricked people into believing that they will be rewarded for their ignorance by calling it `faith`.
unknown

What has your God done for you that you couldn't have done for yourself?
Jordan T. McQueen

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
Albert Einstein

Try not to think about it too much, that's how Atheists are made.
Stan Naspinski

When reality doesn't fit the truth, bend the truth to fit reality.
Simon Harte

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish
Albert Einstein

[The pope's] opposition to condoms conveys that religious dogma is more important to him than the lives of Africans.
Rebecca Hodes

(On God) For someone who is supposed to be perfect, we have to make an awful lot of excuses for Him.
unknown

Freedom of Religion also constitutes Freedom FROM Religion.
Bradley Wood

Minds are like parachutes, they both work best when open.
Thomas R. Dewar

The Bible provides justification for evil, without it, we would have heaven on earth.
Hannah Smith

The theory seems to be that so long as a man is a failure he is one of God`s children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.
Henry Louis Mencken

You can't use the bible to prove the bible
unknown

It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to Infidelity.
Abraham Lincoln

But this book has no answers! (whilst reading the bible)
Homer Simpson

Science strives to overcome ignorance. Religion perpetuates and exploits it.
Darren Marfleet

If God`s plan incorporates all of his knowledge, then how do we have free will? God is a bigot.
Nathan A. Creel

Religion is the refuge of the morally weak and the intellectually lazy.
Craig Smith

It wasn't a Christian tradition that created modern Britain but the reaction against it.
David Starkey

Believing in God is like believing that their is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Jay Sharples

I don't believe God is a single parent who writes books.
Bill Maher

Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?
Arthur C. Clarke

Fear of offending the religious seems to have become the new political correctness.
unknown

Catholics are those who have had Hell injected into their veins as a child.
Anthony Burgess

God is within each human being. To speak to him, middlemen are not required.
unknown

A cult is a religion with no political power.
Tom Wolfe

Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Ambrose Bierce

There is in every village a torch: The schoolteacher. And an extinguisher: The priest.
Victor Hugo

All the western theologies are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
Tennesee Williams

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What one man calls God, another calls the laws of physics.
Nikola Tesla

All thinking men are atheists.
Ernest Hemingway

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Robert Byrne

Born again? No, I am not. Excuse me for getting it right the first time.
Dennis Miller

Mythology is where all gods go to die... a fresh grave should be dug for the God of Abraham.
Sam Harris

Democratic institutions should not be subject to the dictates of a celibate, autocratic and secretive caste.
Tom Hayes

Religious belief is not a precondition either of ethical conduct or of happiness.
Dalai Lama

Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.
John Adams

What kills young women in Africa is not promiscuity, but marriage.
Nicholas D. Kristof

Scaring the shit out of children [in Catholic schools] is brainwashing and child abuse.
unknown

The 'Blessed Virgin Mary' was hoping for a girl.
unknown

Religion is recognised by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Seneca

God's guidance is the only excuse for a man who can't find a better justification for his actions.
unknown

Religion is an advertising campaign for a product that doesn't exist.
Clive James

Atheism is a non-prophet organisation.
unknown

The Vatican has lost most of its old power. Its current power is primarily one built on sentimentality.
unknown

It takes no faith at all to be an atheist, just like it takes no faith to understand that Santa Claus does not exist.
unknown

French-style secularism is a necessary precondition for the reform of Islam.
Soheib Bensheikh

How can we trust a religion that has advocated slavery and the subjugation of women throughout history?
Perry Marshall

Love life, not the afterlife; it stands to reason.
Ian S. Fielding

Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.
George Santayana

My Christian feeling tells me that my lord and saviour is a warrior.
Adolf Hitler

God is, as it were, the sewer into which all contradictions flow.
George W.F. Hegel

Don't pray in my school, and I won't think in your church.
unknown

You can devise a one-word argument to defeat the Bible: Dinosaurs.
Bill Hicks

The Supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
Elbert Hubbard

I am so made that I cannot believe.
Blaise Pascal

[The Bible] has noble poetry in it, and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.
Mark Twain

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
Arthur C. Clarke

Objective criticism of religion is a human right.
Asma Jahangir

Agnostics can't shout 'I believe in rational debate' and then throw a hand-grenade at someone.
Andy Hamilton

Subsidised religion has seldom made sense for either state or church: witness Europe's empty pews.
The Economist

What we are witnessing is not the resurgence of religion, but its death throes.
A.C. Grayling

Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge.
Ayn Rand

Faith-based might appropriately be spelled 'faith-biased'.
Paul Geisert

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift

You never ask questions when God's on your side.
Bob Dylan

The difference between a religion and a delusion is the number of people who share it.
unknown

Here's a tip: If you're killing someone in the name of God- you're missing the message.
Nick Annis

Blasphemy is a victimless crime.
Richard Dawkins

If God is incomprehensible to man, it would seem rational never to think of Him at all.
Jean Meslier

When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn't a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self.
Brad Pitt

Religious people should be careful not to saw off the tolerant, secular humanist branch they're sitting on.
unknown

When the pope lands in a country he kisses the ground and walks all over the women.
unknown

God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.
Jacques Rousseau

It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true.
Bertrand Russell

The only way to respect all religions equally is to respect none of them at all.
unknown

If God is Catholic how come he only had one child?
unknown

Faith cannot be debated, it can merely be asserted.
Andrew Sullivan

Yes, I found religion. I found it to be completely worthless.
Lance Ogborn

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Huang Po

I don't think the politicians, or anyone else, are capable of reversing the decline of organised religion in this country
Max Hastings

I've found that most people that want to share their religious beliefs with you very rarely want you to share yours with them.
unknown

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Wartime Britain was as indifferent to religion and as intellectually hostile to it as we are today
Neil Reynolds

Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers
Jesse Ventura

Seeing a cross or a crucifix, to me, is a symbol of death and agony. It's not really the symbol I want tattooed on me or worn on a chain.
unknown

Is there any force more potent than organized religion when it comes to putting women in their place and keeping them there?
Nelson Jones

If god was all knowing, would he not know I would become an Atheist? And would he not stop me from becoming one? Or does he want me to goto 'Hell'?
Dan

In the beginning, there was Hydrogen.
Hoimar von Ditfurth

Religion has no place in the public life of a democracy
Ted Rall

A child has the right to be introduced to all views, including the secular one
Dr. Paul Kelley

Is prayer more about satisfying the emotional needs of the person doing it than the needs of the person prayed for?
unknown

Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.
Sam Harris

The problem with the theory of Intelligent Design is that it takes the evidence and prunes it to fit an agenda
unknown

If money is the root of all evil, why does the church need so much of it?
unknown

Religion, n: A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Ambrose Bierce

The first wise man created God, for fools. The second wise man created religion, to keep peoples fool.
Ere Thomas

If you have to lie to prove what you believe, then what you believe is a lie.
Frater Ravus

Schism and sectarianism are as basic to religion as sanctity and ceremony.
Michael Fry

If churches want to play the game of politics, let them pay admission like everyone else
George Carlin

God is like Santa Claus; A great, amazing and lovely person but sadly untrue.
Mimoun Raddahi

Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people.
House

More people have died in the name of christ than for any other reason- the Inquisition, Crusades, witch hunts, etc. God must be spinning in his grave.
unknown

As a child you may be told that when holding a sea shell to your ear that you can hear the sea. Those that grow up realise that it is not the sea they are hearing.
John Kelly Ireland

A moral man needs religion as much as a blind man needs sunglasses.
LJM

Atheists make only a small percentage of the world population and this proves that the common sense is not so common.
Manulal M Inasu

A man can live without air for minutes, water for days, food for weeks and answers forever.
unknown

Atheism is a religion, just like "off" is a TV channel
unknown

If money could be made in not believing in god, you’d see millions and millions of born-again atheists.
Baron von Knifty

A believer states everything must have a creator but fail to say how he was created.
John Kelly, Ireland

Fair enough, there are a few gaps in evolutionary theory, but you do not therefore decide "F***ING MAGIC!
Eddie Izzard

Science cannot explain everything, but religions explain nothing.
unknown

God is either cruel or incompetent.
Woody Allen

We admit that we are like apes, but we seldom realise that we ARE apes.
Richard Dawkins

I just talked to god and he says he’s a gay pro-abortion Atheist! Now, prove that statement false.
Baron von Knifty

The only difference between religon and father christmas is that we are told at a certain age that father christmas was made up.
unknown

If God is in the heavens, why does God let children die?
Phil Lynott

Faith... Must be enforced by reason...When faith becomes blind it dies.
Ghandi

When you begin to think rationally, your religion collapses like a house of cards.
unknown

If you show me the proof.. Then, maybe then, will I believe.
Joe Stout

Just a thought, but aren't teenagers just about the most compelling argument against Intelligent Design you ever came across?
unknown

Take a serious look around you. Now, honestly, is everything perfect? Then why do you believe your god is?
Baron von Knifty

Religion is all about power. Power, craved by a few power hungry men. God did not create man....men created god to control and subjugate people....especially women.
unknown

The biggest and most outrageous lies you’ll ever hear won’t come from the government, fishing buddies or your auto mechanic. They’ll come from a pulpit.
Baron von Knifty

I firmly believe there is a hell on earth, and it is called formal, organized religion.
Baron von Knifty

Religion reminds of when I believed in Santa. That was an absurd thought after the age of 9.
Ryan Young

Until you can prove there is a soul, there is no afterlife.
Morse Smith

It is not the function of schools to promote a particular religious or political belief
Dr Paul Kelley

Incorrect interpretations of empirical data to fit in with religious beliefs should not be legally protected.
Lawrence Krauss

Religions are all shackles every single one of them. Throw off the doctrines and live your life unfettered by chains
Miguela Holt y Roybal

Around the world Christians being killed for their beliefs. And the people doing the killing are notably not secularists.
Douglas Murray

It is a very odd world where people reject reason and yet benefit from the riches of reason.
Robin Ince

Life after religion is a gift of happiness. I am at peace with the unknown
Lauren J. Barnhart

Why assume so glibly that the God who presumably created the universe is still running it?
H.L. Mencken

I am not aware of any atheist who claims that science will someday answer every existential mystery.
Jason Rosenhouse

I don’t mind a world with religion in it- what I get hot about is when they start dictating how other people must live.
Brad Pitt

We don't require divine permission to know right from wrong.
Christopher Hitchens

[Religion] creates the destructive illusion that some people are better, more righteous than others.
Jayanti Tamm

Once we reject the supernatural, a world of mystery and beauty opens to us that rivals anything religion can offer.
Kevin Smith

I know so many people who only found peace by giving up faith.
Amanda Marcotte

Abortion divides Americans along religious lines.
Roy Speckhardt

I know exactly what's going to happen when I die- I'm going to medical school.
Herb Silverman

I wanted to become an atheist but I gave it up. They have no holidays.
Henny Youngman

Even as a child it bothered me that god did not act in obvious and public ways as depicted in the Bible.
Frederick Sparks

Religious leaders have a clever ploy to prevent close scrutiny by claiming blasphemy for any dissent.
Jeff Schweitzer

Those who need a god will have one.
unknown

Sadly, most people hate doubt and embrace religion as the simplest way to extinguish it.
unknown

On which day did god make all the fossils?
unknown

I had questions about Christianity that I could not get answered to my satisfaction... one question just led to another.
Brad Pitt

It is not just the sex-abuse epidemic the [Catholic] church seeks to deny, but sex itself.
Sabrina R. Erdely

In countries blessed with religious freedom, we cannot compromise it, or inexorably we will lose it
Neil Reynolds

A rational person can never compete with the irrational on issues of blind faith.
Jim Reed

If the universe must have a cause, and God is the cause, then it follows that God must have a cause.
Herb Silverman

Most people who profess a deep love of the Bible have never actually read the book.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Religion is man-made with inky human fingerprints all over its supposedly inspired and unalterable texts.
Christopher Hitchens

Faith: Fear dressed up as virtue.
unknown

There is new anti-church feeling [in Ireland] combined with a lot of suppressed anger going back generations.
Father Tony Flannery

If you're a Christian who supports killing your enemies and torture, you have to come up with a new name for yourself.
Bill Maher

God is an idea, not a fact.
Jim Rider

Mormons long ago made the bold move to quit polygamy, but nowadays they spend much of their time trying to stop gay monogamy
Michael Musto

Once the masses started to read and understand what was in the Bible we started to see the Church's power crumble
Alan Lewis

British churches are empty enough to land jumbo jets.
Shmuley Boteach

There is no reason to believe that theology can solve any mysteries that science cannot.
Jason Rosenhouse

The closer you get church and state together the weaker they both become.
John Krizan

I see religion as the Achilles heel of the human race and the major impediment to rational thinking.
Harry Kroto

Religious beliefs cannot all be right, but they can all be wrong.
Herb Silverman

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
Charles Darwin

It is better to leave God out of the moral debate and find good human reasons for supporting the approach we advocate.
Richard Holloway

We find religion, or not, based upon preferences forged in our childhood.
Burt Likko

Clerical culture attracts, cultivates, promotes and protects psychosexually immature men.
Richard Sipe

Nothing stirs up the public like a physicist explaining how silly their cherished myths are.
P. Z. Myers

The truth is that the Bible endorses all sorts of attitudes and behaviors that we find unacceptable (and illegal) today.
Jay Bakker

If the bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.
William Jennings Bryan

People aren't hostile to religion or passionately devout about it; just increasingly indifferent.
John Walsh

The vision of family promoted by religious fundamentalists is strictly patriarchal, male-dominated and heterosexual.
Cassandra Balchin

Being offended is not a defense, it's the last resort of those without an argument.
John Dale

God may or may not exist- but I'm thoroughly convinced that organized religions are unnecessary.
unknown

If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.
Woody Allen

I do benefits for all religions... I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.
Bob Hope

Why do Americans and Canadians feel the need to overreport their religious attendance?
Shankar Vedantam

If Jesus came to give us the Bible, why did he entrust its authorship to second, third or fourth degree hearsay?
unknown

Belief in God arose from fear and confusion about the mysteries of nature.
Herb Silverman

[Atheists] are equally capable of being ethical as people who are religious. We just want to be good for goodness' sake.
Todd Stiefel

Islamists are using the OIC to validate the crimes that have led to trauma and dysfunctional societies across the Muslim world
Tarek Fatah

If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
Thomas Szasz

The secular identity of the British people is not something to criticise, but to celebrate
Terry Sanderson

I'm an atheist, and that's it.
Katharine Hepburn

People say we need religion when what they really mean is we need police.
H.L. Mencken

The acids of modernity have eaten away traditional belief
Walter Lippmann

A higher proportion of Roman Catholic priests abuse minors than a group of men of comparable, age and education.
Richard Sipe

Religion doesn't necessarily create sexist ideas, but it does make them untouchable.
Jen McCreight

Kill them all, God will recognise his own.
Simon de Montfort

Organized religions generate a sense of arrogant entitlement and false righteousness in followers
Martha Woodroof

To many Christians their immense privilege seems invisible.
Jason Pitzl Waters

Taking on' those who argue against religion will not revive religion.
Keith Porteous Wood

Belief systems provide a program which relieves the necessity of thought.
Bertrand Russell

The Papacy declares itself to be supreme, accountable to no one, the sole judge of what is right and wrong.
Richard Bennett

Certainty is responsible for some of the most awful terrors in the world.
Anthony Hopkins

'Vote this way or you'll all burn in Hell' is an appalling way to run a democracy.
unknown

It takes constant exposure to US fundamentalism to feel relieved by the prosaic dismissal of the spiritual by the English.
Andrew Sullivan

I believe all religions are bad. I think they're a waste of time. Jesus was a clever man. He wasn't the son of God.
Brian Johnson

It has served us well, this myth of Christ.
Pope Leo X

Never trust people who've only got one book.
Billy Connolly

The fact that belief determines behavior is what makes certain beliefs so dangerous.
Sam Harris

Using the bible to prove the existence of god is like using The Lord Of The Rings to prove the existence of Hobbits.
unknown

There is nothing so crazy that a creationist won't propose it somewhere.
P. Z. Myers

It seems that for many there is no connection between belief and evidence.
Salman Hameed

Believers feel far more threatened by the godlessness of infidels than vice versa
Adam Wolstenholme

If you have an imaginary friend, there's something wrong with you.
Father Jonathan Morris

Religion blinds, deafens, and numbs us to the reality around us.
Victor Stenger

Secularism, not faith, has been the historic crucible of freedom.
Tom Flynn

Where there is doubt, there is freedom.
Allied Atheist Alliance

The etymology of atheist can be traced to Ancient Greek from the word ­atheos meaning without (a-) god (theos)
Ken Ueda

On almost every page, the Koran instructs observant Muslims to despise non
Sam Harris

Religion is the ultimate slavery: it is the slavery of the mind.
Paula Kirby

Miracles are propitious accidents.
George Santayana

A constitutional society upholds freedom of speech and thought: it has no interest in its citizens' feelings
Oliver Kamm

The divine is not falsifiable and not provable.
unknown

Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.
Richard Dawkins

Say what you like about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
H.L. Mencken

The use of God in moral debate is so problematic as to be almost worthless.
Richard Holloway

We need freedom from religion as much as we need freedom of religion.
Frank Schaeffer

Circular logic and the inability to distinguish between belief and fact makes debating with the religious an exercise in futility.
unknown

The stuff in the Bible, the Quran, and the Torah, is worse, in our opinion, than pornography.
Kyle Bush

Religion, while the base of our culture, may be the downfall of our civilization.
unknown

93% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject the concept of God.
Nature

Faith is the condom which common sense may not penetrate.
unknown

Unbelief, not agnosticism, is the logical response to a proposition for which there is no factual evidence.
Dirk Campbell

Most people are happier to explain away even the most compelling data rather than abandon their cherished beliefs.
Richard Wiseman

Religion: the triumph of wishful thinking over reality.
Stuart Vealey

With soap baptism is a good thing.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Rampant hostility towards non-believers long pre-dates the arrival of the New Atheists.
Jason Rosenhouse

Just because you say something is sacred does not make it so.
John Moore

Science is not like a religious organization. It defines a methodology not an ideology.
unknown

I don't see any god up here.
Yuri Gagarin

You've got to question a story where the fruit of knowledge is forbidden.
unknown

Faith: Emotion dressed up as reality and truth.
unknown

Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Mystic: a person who is puzzled before the obvious, but who understands the non
Elbert Hubbard

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
Voltaire

Religion has a history of outrage when, in their view, science is interfering with God's will
Simon Marshland

There is no possibility whatsoever of reconciling science and theology, at least in Christendom.
H.L. Mencken

If you value freedom, you should flee from religion as the antelope flees the lion.
Paula Kirby

If churches wish to discriminate then they should also stop receiving any further funding from the public purse.
unknown

The bible is not a viable source document for moral teachings.
Jeff Schweitzer

The [Bible's] authors intended to deceive their readers, and their readers were all too easily deceived.
Professor Bart Ehrman

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
Voltaire

In my personal experience, it's easier to find an atheist practicing the teachings of Jesus than a Christian.
Philip Slater

Faith is the surrender of the mind... the only thing that makes us different from other mammals.
Christopher Hitchens

A zealot's stones will break my bones, but gods will never hurt me.
unknown

If mum had lied to me about God, had she also lied to me about Santa?
Ricky Gervais

There can be no true freedom so long as religion still keeps the human mind in shackles.
Paula Kirby

Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.
George Carlin

The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief.
Sarah Vowell

Religion is the antithesis of science, an anaesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought.
P. Z. Myers

Hindu and Muslim and Sikh and others take pride in their faiths and testify to their truth by breaking heads
Jawaharlal Nehru

I've been so relieved and so grateful to not have a god to believe in.
Cloris Leachman

Religion is just a giant pyramid scheme with fancy clothes and glitter.
unknown

Power corrupts. The history of the papacy shows this pre-eminently.
Eric Hodgens

Religion should be like fornication- best done in the privacy of one's own home.
unknown

Let's get this straight once and for all, Astrology is rubbish!
Dara O'Briain

When all atheists do is say, 'Atheists exist,' it gets treated as an assault.
Greta Christina

Authoritarianism facilitates the emergence of religious fundamentalisms by crushing progressive political alternatives.
Cassandra Balchin

A good life is the only religion.
Thomas Fuller

The Christian religion has been and still is the principle enemy of moral progress in the world.
Bertrand Russell

Catholics can live freely within a secularist society, but secularists are not free in a Catholic nation.
Paul Bowler

My own mind is my own church.
Thomas Paine

All people deserve respect, but not all ideas do
Johann Hari

Christianity teaches that the human race is depraved, fallen, and sinful.
D. James Kennedy

As long as religion exists, irrational fears, and thus prejudice will proliferate.
Tony Provenzano

Deep within the heart of every evangelist lies the wreck of a car salesman.
H.L. Mencken

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
H. G. Wells

Communism is a classic religion, with its holy books and prophets
Nicholas Gascoine

A certain portion of mankind do not believe at all in the existence of the gods.
Plato

Salvation through slavery is worthless. Salvation from slavery is inestimable.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.
Christopher Hitchens

Americans name atheists as those least likely to share their vision of American society
Mosaic project survey

A moment's clear thinking indicates that no religion can be true.
Harry Kroto

Atheists reject belief in God, but they don't replace it with another belief.
unknown

Let the church render unto to the bishops the things that are religious, and to doctors the things that are medical.
Recovering Catholic

Why are these devout believers so desperate to have everyone believe as they do?
D.M. Murdock

Nearly every American will know of more atheists at the end of 2011 than they do today.
David Silverman

Freedom of religion does not mean freedom from criticism.
Unknown author

The Pope and his friends still long for the humble, homogeneous peasant societies where everybody believed.
Gwynne Dyer

18% of women having abortions [in the US] are born-again or Evangelical Christians.
Joyce Arthur

Atheists have long been telling us that we can be good without God. The new atheism says that we can be better without God.
Victor Stenger

Vatican City is 109 acres of faith in a European sea of unbelief.
George F. Will

No religion can withstand the force of logic.
unknown

A newly critical laity questions policy but receives no answers.
Eric Hodgens

From what I can gather, pretty much the worst type of person you can be is an atheist.
Ricky Gervais

The separation between church and state has become incredibly obscure in the U.S.
Ahmed Chaudhry

I do not believe that upholding the spiritual authority of one man over another is worth dying for.
Susan Jacoby

Speculating about the existence of God is no excuse for absurdity.
Chris Newell

According to the Catholic Boston Archdiocese, 40% of its 291 parishes are expected to finish the 2011 fiscal year in the red.
Boston Globe

All religions prey on the superstitions of people too poor and too uneducated to challenge them.
unknown

To all things clergic I am allergic.
Alexander Woollcott

The Pope has accused Europe of ignoring its Christian roots but Europe has pagan roots, not Christian ones
unknown

If we're all God's children, what's so special about Jesus?
Jimmy Carr

So faith has only to be sincere to be respected? Really? Any faith at all so long as it is sincere?
unknown

Religion is a terrible source of moral guidance in the 21st century.
Sam Harris

People who aren't raised in a religion don't generally start one as adults
Professor David Voas

In a free market of ideas, religion is given no special privileges
unknown

Why do the gods always pass on their true word to the most illiterate person they can find?
unknown

Faith is- by definition- a process that bypasses any need for evidence
Sam Harris

Until we learn to love one another more than we love god, the killing will continue.
unknown

The most important advance that the West has yet made is to develop a secularist moral tradition
Richard Rorty

Public sentiment toward atheists acts as a useful barometer for social and political tolerance
Mosaic project survey

The [Catholic] church still believes in its own intrinsic holiness despite all evidence to the contrary.
Maureen Dowd

Knowledge shines a light into the corners of people's minds where superstition hides.
unknown

Rights are for individuals, not for religions or beliefs
Maryam Namazie

It should not be considered shameful to call yourself a secularist. Rather it should be a badge of honour.
Paul Cliteur

To swathe religion in immunities, either by law or by custom, is simply to prepare the way for its corruption and destruction
H.L. Mencken

The persecution and vitriolic conflicts that are sparked by theology are well chronicled
Terry Sanderson

All other religions [except Islam] allow some arguments against their deities without resorting to violence
Douglas Murray

When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.
Sinclair Lewis

The Church of England cannot get children into church, so it is determined to bring church into school
Terry Sanderson

It can't be seen, smelled, felt, measured, or understood, therefore let's worship it.
unknown

The belittlement of women is a central point of the desert religions
James Nimmo

Evangelicals have made two significant contributions to American politics: 1) Prohibition 2) George W. Bush
unknown

Catholic extremism should be resisted as fiercely at home as we oppose the Taliban abroad.
Jacob M. Appel

The Human Genome project exploded the myth that man was a unique creation
Kenny McGuigan

The burqa is not a religious sign, it is a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement
Nicholas Sarkozy

There is an increasingly secular mood in the US and religious groups are all too aware of it.
Riazat Butt

Believing things without reason or evidence is a mark of idiocy, gullibility and ignorance
RavingAtheist.com

The Catholic Church still has some way to go in reconciling itself with pluralist democracy
Ronan McCrea

The churches answered criticism in the past with murder
A.C. Grayling

Today, there are no powerful liberal voices left in the Roman Catholic Church in Europe
Richard Palmer

All theocracies, trumpeted or clandestine, have proven to be disastrous
Paul Kurtz

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species
Christopher Hitchens

The Catholic Church has always preferred that the great mass of its followers remain illiterate
Alan Lewis

Allah has created the woman, even if she gets a PhD, deficient. Her intellect is incomplete, deficient.
Abu Usamah

Religious belief of just about any sort is intellectually lazy
Andrew Potter

All religion is simply evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry
Edgar Allan Poe

As few as one in four or five Americans are actually in church on a typical Sunday
G. Paul ' P. Zuckerman

There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam.
Ayatollah Khomeini

We are morally entitled to hold a belief only if we are also logically entitled to hold it.
Jim Fetzer

I thought all the services at school were ludicrous. Loved the hymns, but the content of the hymns were so absurd
Polly Toynbee

The Irish State still accepts the right of the Church to have the majority input into our education system
Emer O'Kelly

When the Church had the upper hand it was happy to persecute, imprison or behead non-believers
Matthew Parris

There is no more reason to believe in god or saints or angels than in ghosts, goblins, or the tooth fairy
Andrew Potter

The process of democratic secularization is so powerful that once begun it has never been significantly reversed
Gregory Paul

I don't believe in god because I've thought about it.
Sean Lock

Reading the Bible has probably produced more atheists than any other activity
Patrick Quigley

Every western democracy is undergoing a spontaneous secularization of a depth never before seen in history
Gregory Paul

The main aim of religious courts is to propagate their own religious practices
Gurmukh Singh

I've never been a 'militant atheist' but I am a militant egalitarian.
unknown

One can say what one likes about Jesus, but not Muhammed, it seems
Dr Stephen Moreton

We are logically entitled to hold a belief only when it satisfies appropriate standards of logic and evidence.
Jim Fetzer

Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear
Bertrand Russell

The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything
Stephen King

It's taken untold generations to diminish religion's role in public life- please let's keep it that way!
unknown

Jesus loves me, which is awkward, 'cause I only kinda like Him.
Tom Stade

'Every human is equal' does not mean that every belief is equal
Maryam Namazie

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty
Thomas Jefferson

This religion and the Bible require of woman everything, and give her nothing
Helen H Gardener

I've sworn off agnosticism, which I now call cowardly atheism.
James Cameron

While many biases have changed in the last half century, one remains the same: the bias against atheists
Wendy Kaminer

There are sixty religious missions to the EU, but only one non-religious one, the European Humanist Association
Keith Porteous Wood

Higher visibility for atheists and humanists can help to debunk the myth that nonbelievers are immoral
David A. Niose

Religion is nothing more than politics in drag.
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Anyone can repress a woman, but you need 'dictated' scriptures to feel you're really right in repressing her
Douglas Murray

Losing faith is, arguably, worse than never having it.
David Kenny

Intelligent design won't be curing or feeding anybody soon.
Dan Evans

Can religion survive for very long by arguing that empirical evidence is fiction?
Jake Young

Many people hold on to belief as an unquestioned part of their makeup
Douglas Murray

You cannot become president of Ireland or be appointed a judge in the republic unless you take a religious oath
Michael Nugent

What the atheist believes in is evidence
Brian Taylor

36% of British Muslims aged between 16 and 24 believed those who converted to another religion should be punished by death
Ruth Gledhill

Most Muslim scholars say that Muslim religious law- sharia- requires the death penalty for apostasy
Patrick Sookhdeo

There are no chains harder than the chains of religion and tradition.
unknown

No strategy which the theocons devise can stop modern secular liberalism
Gregory Paul

It is unreasonable to require a rational, non-religious person to respect irrational superstitions
Chris Newell

If you bring me a code of Jewish law and show me where it's written that I have to sit at the back of the bus I'll move
Naomi Regen

If there is a God, he certainly doesn't need the protection of the British legal system
Salman Rushdie

We're not going to walk on egg shells anymore because that's what atheists have done for centuries
Justin Trottier

Public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed
Theodore Roosevelt

Some 36 percent of British Muslims between the ages of 18 and 24 think apostates should be murdered
Oliver Kamm

The history of creationism is that it doesn't go extinct... it evolves
Nick Matzke

Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious
Sam Harris

Religion is a bulwark against globalisation for a lot of people, particularly in the Islamic world
John Micklethwait

Christianity did not come with tidings of great joy, but with a message of eternal grief
Robert G. Ingersoll

"To such heights of evil are men driven by religion."
Lucretius

All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery
Alexander Herzen

To believe something in the face of evidence and against reason is ignoble, irresponsible and ignorant
A.C. Grayling

If religion is innate in us, then so is our doubt of it and our contempt for our own weakness.
Christopher Hitchens

Nothing fails like prayer.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Criticizing a belief is not racism.
Maryam Namazie

If atheism can be called a belief, can I say that my not collecting stamps is a hobby?
unknown

Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.
Sigmund Freud

Faith is... Never having to say you're wrong.
Unknown author

By simple common sense I don't believe in God.
Charlie Chaplin

It is better to build a seismograph than to worship the volcano.
Terry Pratchet

The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.
John Adams

The numbers don't lie: the more religious a country is, the worse people behave in their private lives.
Gwynne Dyer

The power of accurate observation is called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw

I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.
Clarence Darrow

God is not dead, but organised religion may well be dying from self-inflicted wounds.
Unknown author

I'd rather be a rising ape than a fallen angel.
Terry Pratchet

The separation of church and state is the foundation of all political liberty.
Lord Acton

Three words you will never hear a religious person say to their offspring: 'Think for yourself'
unknown

If millions believe a lie, it is still a lie.
Dave Bruemmer

Personally, I am an atheist and, God willing, I always will be.
Walter Lippmann

Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.
Thomas Aquinas

Some people judge us more by our beliefs than by our behavior.
Herb Silverman

The idea of personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naive.
Albert Einstein

If Atheism is a religion, then health is a disease!
Clark Adams

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
Florynce Kennedy

A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition.
Ayn Rand

I believe that ethics and morality are degraded by supernatural explanation.
Greg Wourms

If men could get pregnant, birth control would be a sacrament.
Margaret McMahon

When someone makes the comment to me that 'evolution is only a theory', I reply that God is only a hypothesis.
unknown

Bigotry against people who don't believe in a god is still very real in America.
Shawn Jeffers

Designating something 'religious' does not exempt it from ethical analysis.
Randy Cohen

The true history of the popes is one of scandals, cruelty, debauchery, reigns of terror, warfare and moral depravity.
Tony Bushby

What does it mean to say that God exists? Inability to invalidate the hypothesis does not mean it is true.
unknown

The extraordinary success of scientific rationalism in the modern world has made reason the only path to truth.
Karen Armstrong

Believing in god is very damaging to personal morality.
unknown

Buried in the results of a recent survey is the fact that secularists may now be one of America's largest minorities.
Ronald Aronson

It is wrong to have faith in faith; it is not a reliable route to truth.
George Byron

Atheists give meaning to their own lives- religious people want someone else to do it for them.
unknown

If enough people respect a religion they make it respectable.
unknown

You can burn a scientist at the stake, but evolution is fireproof.
unknown

Beliefs need social support like fish need water.
Reginald Bibby

Civility, charity, mercy and politeness seem to have dropped out of the pro-life lexicon.
Father Thomas Rosica

Atheists have no obligation to remain silent while believers are free to dominate the conversation.
Austin Cline

I am hostile to fundamentalist religion because it actively debauches scientific enterprise.
Richard Dawkins

The assassination of Sadat in Egypt and of Rabin in Israel are sober reminders of the lethal danger of modern faith.
Karen Armstrong

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion.
Aristotle

Religious people begin with the premise that they are right and that any evidence to the contrary must be faulty in some way.
unknown

I cannot conceive of the notion of a universal creator so extraordinarily vain that he would require his creations to worship him.
unknown

He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

It's annoying when some try to tar atheists by comparing us to those who wore 'Gott Mit Uns' on their belts.
unknown

One thing is certain with Sharia... men make the rules.
Joan Smith

Islam does not oppress women so they don't need freedom!
Olatunde Oloyede

Organized religion is most concerned with self
Adam Rutherford

There are religious scientists and Darwinian churchgoers. But this does not mean that faith and science are compatible.
Jerry A. Coyne

Only sheep need a shepherd.
unknown

Successful religions make it a sin to question the fundamental beliefs on which they are based.
unknown

God invented women and the Devil invented feminism.
Mississippi Family Christian Radio

Religion is not required in order to live spiritual and fully realised lives.
Julian Baggini

Spiritual experiences are a natural part of human nature but it's easy to persuade people they've been imbued with the Holy Spirit
unknown

The last thing needed today is a Christian nation embarked on a new crusade, at home or abroad.
James P. Carroll

In the Arab heartlands fundamentalism has become a refuge for anyone worried by the spread of Western culture and power.
The Economist

It is not the completeness of the fossil record but its consistency that matters.
The Economist

There is plenty to make life worth living without the need to imagine an afterlife or divine plan.
Julian Baggini

When religion goes wrong, it goes very wrong.
Archbishop William Temple

Religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
Stendhal

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever would believe in him would believe in anything.
unknown

The Bible belongs to all of us, even non-believers. We should all be free to interpret it as we choose.
Joan McAlpine

Religious bigotry has fuelled the fragmentation of societies, the increase in prejudice and reactionary thinking.
Bishop Jonathan Blake

Not saying you're an atheist hurts the cause of reality.
Gerald Gardner

These days God is like a C90 cassette tape- a bit behind the times.
Shazia Mirza

Nothing fails like prayer!
unknown

If God wanted us to believe in him then he'd exist!
Linda Smith

Too many right-wing Christians; not enough lions.
unknown

The last refuge of a political scoundrel these days is religion.
unknown

Why don't 'pro-life' groups pray outside the Ministry of Defence?
unknown

Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.
Arthur C. Clarke

If you want to really get rich, start your own religion.
L. Ron. Hubbard

If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them.
Baron D'Holbach

The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail
Gustaf Lindborg

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Voltaire

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
Voltaire

Civilization will not attain to its perfection, until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest!
Emile Zola

Maybe if there were more atheists there would be fewer foxholes.
Holly Franking

Why does God get credit for answered prayers but no blame for unanswered ones?
William Lobdell

All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.
Cathy Ladman

Religion does three things quite effectively: divides people, controls people, deludes people.
Carlespie McKinney

It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men.
Carl Sagan

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Richard Francis Burton

What gods are there, what gods have there ever been, that were not from man's imagination?
Joseph Campbell

Belief is the uncritical acceptance of something you can't prove.
Hans Holzer

Common humanity is our only way forward and, by their very nature, faith schools encourage separatism.
Martin Samuel

If marriage were about religion, we would go to the church to obtain a marriage license and not to our county clerk's office
Doug Roper

When a man takes up a religion he gives up his freedom of thought.
unknown

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
John Ruskin

'Faith' means not wanting to know what is true.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Frankly, if God exists I feel he would have produced a much better book.
unknown

No wild beasts are so dangerous to men as Christians are to one another.
Procopius of Caesarea

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A good man's indifference is as good as any religion.
Anton Chekhov

If you want to worship something, worship the planet that gave you life.
Unknown author

For Jesus, the inability to believe in God and to live by Faith is the greatest of evils.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor

Evolution offers a far richer and more spectacular vision than any religion.
Richard Dawkins

What is honesty to a secular humanist is psychological devastation to a believer.
Ali Eteraz

There is nothing more damning to progress than the belief that something is perfect. God is perfect.
Tony Provenzano

Religion beliefs are a by-product of cognitive mechanisms designed for other purposes.
Andy Thomson

Both Heaven and Hell are here on Earth.
Richard E. Grant

Christianity has collapsed because none of its supernatural claims are true.
unknown

The difference between a religion and a delusion is the number of people who share it.
unknown

When I looked for God, he wasn't there.
Terry McDonald

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
Douglas Adams

Cozy, comfy assumptions of superiority seem to be part of the appeal of religion for many people.
unknown

If Jesus could heal a blind person he happened to meet, then why not heal blindness?
Christopher Hitchens

Coerced belief is no belief at all; it is tyranny.
Jon Meacham

Fear and ignorance are the parents of religion.
unknown

The church in its current form is dying in the West: that's for sure. What will take its place? And whence will it come?
Andrew Sullivan

The most logical answer to why God won't heal amputees is that either God doesn't care or doesn't exist.
William Lobdell

Reality is so last year compared with private revelation, isn’t it?
Richard Dawkins

When the pope lands in a country he kisses the ground and walks all over the women.
unknown

Denominational education is an enabler of sectarianism.
Bishop Joseph Devine

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I think that it’s safe to assume that anyone who claims they are in touch with God, is out of touch with reality.
Ken Perrott

Faith cannot be debated, it can merely be asserted.
Andrew Sullivan

There is no such thing as a lapsed Anglican, as they come pre-lapsed in every important respect.
unknown

The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool.
Voltaire

Drug pushers and missionaries- not much of a difference that I can see.
unknown

For much of human history, it [religion] may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary?
Arthur C. Clarke

God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Religion can distort people's moral sensibilities as much as it can inform them.
Professor Simon Blackburn

Agnostics can't shout 'I believe in rational debate' and then throw a hand-grenade at someone.
Andy Hamilton

Where would we be if everyone was running round wanting to repossess their ancestral home from 70 AD?
unknown

We're afraid religion will become simply folklore, and that it will disappear.
Father Gérard Marier

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
Edmond de Goncourt

Blasphemy is a victimless crime.
Richard Dawkins

If only atheists had influence commiserate with our numbers.
unknown

As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion.
Butterfly McQueen

If God is Catholic how come he only had one child?
unknown

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Delos McKown

Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge.
Ayn Rand

God's guidance is the only excuse for a man who can't find a better justification for his actions.
unknown

The most ardent of my wishes... to see the last of the kings strangled by the guts of the last priest.
Jean Meslier

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
John Buchan

Faith means to consciously and willfully refuse to examine the facts.
David Morris

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.
John Adams

God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.
Francis Bacon

The universal cosmic process was not created by any god or man.
Heraclitus

Atheists are the new gays; in the closet and pretty much disqualified from public office.
Richard Dawkins

Religion and blind faith are some of the greatest impediments ever to human learning and progress.
unknown

I am so made that I cannot believe.
Blaise Pascal

History is full of faiths sanctioning political murders to advance a cause.
Denis MacShane

Any religion that teaches there is only heaven or hell is gonna be a haven for manic-depressives.
unknown

The Supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
Elbert Hubbard

The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all.
Mary Malone

Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
Mark Twain

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
unknown

Religion is an advertising campaign for a product that doesn't exist.
Clive James

God is, as it were, the sewer into which all contradictions flow.
Georg W. F. Hegel

Don't pray in my school, and I won't think in your church.
Unknown author

God made me an atheist. Who are you to question his wisdom?
Unknown author

My Christian feeling tells me that my lord and saviour is a warrior.
Adolf Hitler

It's amazing how often the voice of God (to political leaders) sounds very much like their own.
Susan Jacoby

Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.
George Santayana

Atheism is a non-prophet organisation.
unknown

French-style secularism is a necessary precondition for the reform of Islam.
Soheib Bensheikh

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
Voltaire

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Christopher Hitchens

We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Richard Dawkins

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
Isaac Asimov

Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Denis Diderot

Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?
Friedrich Nietzsche

Stay away from churches, son. The only thing they have a key to is the shit house.
William S. Burroughs

God and patriotism are an explosive mixture.
Nicolas Sartorius

You're telling me a carpenter never nailed his wife?
unknown

The first casualties of a religion's establishment are the intentions of its founder.
Louis de Bernières

When George Bush stopped drinking for God he was swapping one dependency for another.
unknown

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All thinking men are atheists.
Ernest Hemingway

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Mythology is where all gods go to die... a fresh grave should be dug for the God of Abraham.
Sam Harris

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Robert Byrne

The practice of religion should be banned except between consenting adults.
unknown

America is one nation under God, but the God is called Mammon.
unknown

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
Thomas Jefferson

I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue.
Bertrand Russell

The only difference between a church and a cult is real estate.
Frank Zappa

If something defies belief, a good starting position is not to believe it.
Jamie Whyte

There is no such thing as positive or negative secularism, open or closed, tolerant or intolerant. There is secularism.
Francois Hollande

We cannot take biblical, particularly Old Testament, laws and demand that secular society be bound by them.
Reinhold Niebuhr

A strongly held belief does not automatically deserve respect.
ConversationalAtheist.com

What one man calls God, another calls the laws of physics.
Nikola Tesla

Objective criticism of religion is a human right.
Asma Jahangir

Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Ambrose Bierce

Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies.
Thomas Jefferson

God is within each human being. To speak to him, middlemen are not required.
unknown

A cult is a religion with no political power.
Tom Wolfe

It is the heart that perceives God and not the reason.
Blaise Pascal

I've yet to hear of an atheist going out to harass the aged and make death bed conversions.
unknown

If a god did exist, it surely would have hired a better PR firm by this point.
Austin Cline

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Carl Sagan

The argument for atheism is really very simple- if God created the universe, who or what created God?
unknown

If there is a God, he is a malign thug.
Mark Twain

The Lord is my shepherd: a shepherd's main interest is in ensuring that his sheep are regularly fleeced.
unknown

Traditions deserve to be respected only insofar as they are respectable.
Amim Maalouf

For creationists, invoking God trumps any argument a scientist could put forward.
unknown

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.
Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus

I would rather burn in the fires of hell than prostrate myself before the god that created it.
unknown

Let reason, not religion, be our guide.
John S. Dearing

If the beauty of nature can mean that Jesus really is the son of God, then anything can mean anything.
Sam Harris

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
Benjamin Franklin

Religion is a byproduct of fear.
Arthur C. Clarke

Islam is unable to endure criticism or change and is essentially at odds with European values.
Hirsi Ali

Instinct is vague, just like religious faith: an irrational comfort zone.
Emer O'Kelly

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Susan B. Anthony

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
Epicurus

I hope Jesus is feeling rested from his week of doing nothing to help make the appropriate teams win today.
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

There are roughly 35,000+ different christian denominations worldwide. Nobody can agree on how to tell the story, it must be true.
@AtheistQ, Twitter

If religion isn't the greatest threat to rationality and scientific progress, what is?
Daniel Dennett

Christianity, where absolute truth has 38,000 versions.
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

Humanity without religion is like a serial killer without a chainsaw.
unknown

Most religions prophecy the end of the world and then consistently work together to ensure that these prophecies come true.
unknown

If the Vatican was a car manufacturer or a phone company, it would have been shut down and it's leaders and child rapists jailed long ago.
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

Show me evidence of a God, and I'll show you the Science that created him
Uradika Weid

A reason you give for rejecting Thor, Krishna & Ironman, is a reason I give for rejecting Zeus, Hulk & Jesus. Atheism has nothing to prove.
David Smalley

Christians tend to dislike Muslims & Jews because they both remind the world of all the biblical rules Christians ignore.
David C. Smalley

And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.
Bertrand Russell

Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
Voltaire

No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.
Annie Wood Besant

'If you don't worship me you will burn forever.' I always thought that was ugly.
Gore Vidal

The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
Denis Diderot

Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
Thomas Jefferson

The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.
John Adams

...the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the State
James Madison

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separated.
Ulysses S. Grant

Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.
Thomas Jefferson

During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.
James Madison

...the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the State [Letter to Robert Walsh, Mar. 2, 1819]
James Madison

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw

The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool
Voltaire

Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?
Robert G. Ingersoll

Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof.
Ayn Rand

It wasn't a Christian tradition that created modern Britain but the reaction against it.
David Starkey

If you can't even understand what "burden of proof" means, why the hell do you think you're qualified to comment on evolution?!
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.
Thomas Edison

The whole thing is so patently infantile, so foreign to reality, that to anyone with a friendly attitude to humanity it is painful to think that the great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above this view of life.
Sigmund Freud

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
Albert Einstein

I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will--and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.
Gene Roddenberry

...nothing physical which sense-experience sets before our eyes, or which necessary demonstrations prove to us, ought to be called into question (much less condemned) upon the testimony of biblical passages.
Galileo Galilei

The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance...logic can be happily tossed out the window.
Stephen King

The central problem of Christianity is: if the Messiah has come, why is the world so evil? For Judaism, the problem is:if the world is so evil, why does the Messiah not come?
Seymour Siegel

If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
Woody Allen

Hey, let's get serious... God knows what he's doin' He wrote this book here And the book says: "He made us all to be just like Him," So... If we're dumb... Then God is dumb... (And maybe even a little ugly on the side)
Frank Zappa

No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter ... than you and I; and all religion ... is simply evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry.
Edgar Allan Poe

A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without working at the expense of the rascals who work to live.
Voltaire

Christianity did not come with tidings of great joy, but with a message of eternal grief. It came with the threat of everlasting torture on its lips. It meant war on earth and perdition hereafter.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Ambrose Bierce

You will notice that in all disputes between Christians since the birth of the Church, Rome has always favored the doctrine which most completely subjugated the human mind and annihilated reason.
Voltaire

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
Friedrich Nietzsche

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
George Santayana

The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God.
Susan B. Anthony

What you should say to outsiders is that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it.
Susan B. Anthony

Man is a marvelous curiosity ... he thinks he is the Creator's pet ... he even believes the Creator loves him; has a passion for him; sits up nights to admire him; yes and watch over him and keep him out of trouble. He prays to him and thinks He listens. Isn't it a quaint idea.
Mark Twain

Clearly, the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.
Thomas Aquinas

Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown, and partly the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing- fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand-in-hand
Bertrand Russell

The character of God would stand vastly higher in human estimation if he had visited the garden in which he had placed the first human pair and picked up the serpent and cast him over the garden wall before he had a chance to tempt Eve, instead of waiting until the mischief was done, and then cursing the whole lot for what he might so easily have prevented.
Lemuel K. Washburn

A great many people who worship Jesus would not let him come at the back door.
Lemuel K. Washburn

Each religion, so dear to those whose life it sanctifies, and fulfilling so necessary a function in the society that has adopted it, necessarily contradicts every other religion, and probably contradicts itself.
George Santayana

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
Ambrose Bierce

I call Christianity the *one* great curse, the *one* great intrinsic depravity, the *one* great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, *petty*-- I call it the *one* mortal blemish of mankind.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I give money for church organs in the hope the organ music will distract the congregation's attention from the rest of the service.
Andrew Carnegie

I'm an atheist, and that's *it*. I belive there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.
Katherine Hepburn

Why is it when we talk to God, we're said to be praying- but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?
Lily Tomlin

The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas--uncertainty, progress, change-- into crimes.
Salman Rushdie

Pray: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Ambrose Bierce

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
George Bernard Shaw

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself
Sir Richard F. Burton

If Christ, in fact, said "I came not to bring peace but a sword," it is the only prophecy in the New Testament that has been literally fulfilled.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The truth always gets ruined when somebody tries to make a religion out of it.
Jon-Paul Diefenbach

A one sentence definition of mythology? "Mythology" is what we call someone else's religion.
Joseph Campbell

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.
unknown

I believe the spreading of Catholicism to be the most horrible means of political and social degredation left in the world.
Charles Dickens

At the time of its Founding, the United States seemed to be an infertile ground for religion. Many of the nation's leaders- include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin- were not Christians, did not accept the authority of the Bible, and were hostile to organized religion. The attitude of the general public was one of apathy: in 1776, only 5 percent of the population were participating members of churches.
Ian Robertson

If atheism is a religion 'I haven't got one' is a make of car.
unknown

If you believe everything you read, you'd better not read.
Japanese Proverb

An atheist doesn't have to be someone who thinks he has a proof that there can't be a god. He only has to be someone who believes that the evidence on the God question is at a similar level to the evidence on the werewolf question.
John McCarthy

Since the early days, [the church] has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was an apologist for the divine right of kings.
H.L.Mencken

I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind--that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
H.L.Mencken

In spite of all the yearnings of men, no one can produce a single fact or reason to support the belief in God and in personal immortality.
Clarence Darrow

Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man ... , keep alive for yourselves.
Moses relaying God's orders. Numbers 31:17-18.

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That unalterable rule applies both to God and man.
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

If there is a God, atheism must strike Him as less of an insult than religion.
Edmond and Jules do Goncourt

You will find men like him in all of the world's religions. They know that we represent reason and science, and, however confident they may be in their beliefs, they fear that we will overthrow their gods. Not necessarily through any deliberate act, but in a subtler fashion. Science can destroy a religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the nonexistance of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now.
Arthur C. Clarke

I'm sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don't think there's any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock.
Howard Stern

The idea that people's beliefs, merely by being deeply held, merit respect is grotesque.
Oliver Kamm

Today’s religion will be the future’s mythology. Both believed at one time by many, but proved wrong by the clever.
Steven Crocker

When Yahweh your god has settled you in the land you're about to occupy, and driven out many infidels before you...you're to cut them down and exterminate them. You're to make no compromise with them or show them any mercy
Deut. 7:1

The world holds two classes of men- intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
Abu Ala Al-Ma'arri

The church lives on because it withholds the results of research into the historical Jesus.
Hans Conzelmann

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
Richard Dawkins

The ghost of the Roman Empire still haunts the [Catholic] church's structures of authority
Fintan O'Toole

Oh, but of course the story of Adam and Eve was only ever symbolic, wasn't it? Symbolic?! So Jesus had himself tortured and executed for a symbolic sin by a non-existent individual? Nobody not brought up in the faith could reach any verdict other than "barking mad"
Richard Dawkins

The Bad News Is God Doesn't Exist, The Good News Is You Don't Need Him.
Italian Union of Atheists

It would be deeply depressing if the only way children could get moral values was from religion. Either from scripture, and God knows we don't want them to get it from scripture, I mean, just look at scripture. Or, from being afraid of God, being intimidated by God. Anybody who is good for only those two reasons is not really being good at all. Why not teach children things like the Golden Rule, do as you would be done by, how would you like it if other children did that to you, so why do you do it to them... I think it's depressing that anybody should suggest that you actually need God in order to be moral. I would hope that our morals come from a better source than that, and therefore they are genuinely moral rather than based on outmoded scripture, or based on fear.
Richard Dawkins

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.
Francis Bacon

A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect. he becomes a being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all‐knowing tyrant is not so different from earthly dictators who make everything and everybody mere cogs in the machine which they controlled. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified.
Karen Armstrong

To say that atheism requires faith is as dim-witted as saying that disbelief in pixies or leprechauns takes faith. Even if Einstein himself told me there was an elf on my shoulder, I would still ask for proof and I wouldn’t be wrong to ask
Geoff Mather

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
Robert A Heinlein

Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.
Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Richard Dawkins

I don’t believe in God because I don’t believe in Mother Goose
Clarence Darrow

Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going?
unknown

Have you ever asked yourself if you're maybe just blaming your troubles on Atheism? It seems to me that your problems have come from a tough life, poor life decisions, and being around unfortunate things- Not from Atheism
unknown

A man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.
Euripides

People like you make me feel really sad. You use religion as a pedestal to stand on and shake your finger at everyone else. When in actuality, you should be looking at yourself.
unknown

Mythology is someone else's religion, different enough from your own for its absurdity to be obvious.
unknown

The characters and events depicted in the damn bible are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Penn and Teller

If god is the alpha and the omega. The begining and the end, knows what has passed and what is to come, like it states in the bible, why do people pray and think it will make any difference.
Mark Fairclough

If we expect God to subscribe to one religion at the exclusion of all the others, then we should expect damnation as a matter of chance. This should give Christians pause when expounding their religious beliefs, but it does not.
Sam Harris

Religion is like a virus that affects the behaviour of its host in such a way as to propagate itself further.
Jack Pritchard

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
Douglas Adamns

Jesus hardly made the greatest sacrifice. He knew he would be resurrected anyway.
unknown

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.
Robert Pirsig

I wonder who got the shit job of scouring the planet for the 15000 species of butterfly or the 8800 species of ant they eventually took on board Noah’s Ark. But at least we got that magical rainbow for all their trouble.
Azura Skye

Whatever the church's moral teachings on sexuality, it cannot justify seeking to impose these on non-believers.
Dennis Altman

If you call someone a man of faith it seems, for the moment, like a compliment. I'd like that to change.
Christopher Hitchens

Religion is like a huge dog. When it's yours it feels comforting and safe, but it scares the hell out of everyone else.
Nick Doody

The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the tree of knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on.
Frank Zappa

Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities.
Voltaire

But I don`t have to know an answer. I don`t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose — which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn`t frighten me.
Richard Feynman

Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.
Carl Sagan

Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything- anything- be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous that the world we are living in.
Sam Harris

Jesus` last words on the cross, `My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?` hardly seem like the words of a man who planned it that way. It doesn`t take Sherlock Holmes to figure there is something wrong here.
Donald Morgan

The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
Richard Dawkins

For our values to have universal appeal, they must be rooted in our common humanity, not in the faiths that divide us.
Minette Marrin

You are basically killing each other to see who has got the better imaginary friend.
Richard Jeni

A man`s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Albert Einstein

Faith is essentially intolerant ... essentially because necessarily bound up with faith is the illusion that one's cause is also God`s cause.
Ludwig von Feuerbach

They said God was on high and he controlled the world and therefore we must pray against Satan. Well, if God controls the world, he controls Satan. For me, religion was full of misstatements and reaches of logic that I just couldn`t agree with.
Gene Roddenberry

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Carl Sagan

I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder.
Bill Maher

If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests. If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them.
Baron D’Holbach

…the Bible is such a book of lies and contradictions there is no knowing which part to believe or whether any.
Thomas Paine

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
Stephen Hawking

So atheism is a religion? No, I`m afraid not, no more than being completely healthy is just another kind of disease.
David Horton

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
Voltaire

For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria.
Richard Dawkins

I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
Bertrand Russell

In a way, I think religion is to be admired for asking the right questions. I just think it's got the wrong answers.
Richard Dawkins

The `holyland` is the largest mental asylum in the world: each patient claiming that their imaginary god is more powerful than others.
unknown

Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There`s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Bill Gates

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my church.
Thomas Paine

I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. My God created laws that take care of that. His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking, but by immutable laws.
Albert Einstein

Santa Clause, Magic, The Easter Bunny, God... If you HAVE to believe in it, then it is not real.
N. Tyree

When I point out fallacies in religious logic, adherents tell me that the human brain cannot comprehend God. They also tell me that God created the human brain. God is clearly inept.
Matthew Benjamin Smith

Praying is like a rocking chair- it`ll give you something to do, but won`t get you anywhere.
Gypsy Rose Lee

While on the verge of death, pray to god. If life prevails, it is a miracle. If death prevails, it is god`s plan. Praying is for feeble minds.
Nick Baldwin

The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.
Robert A Heinlein

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.
Aldous Huxley

Atheism is nothing more than the sounds people make when in the presence of unjustified dogma. It's just reason in action.
Sam Harris

The catholic schoolgirls' prayer: Oh holy mother Who conceived without sinning Please teach me to sin without conceiving.
unknown

Atheism is a position ON faith, not a position OF faith.
Anonymous

God is no incomprehensible, mysterious super-being. He's just every nasty little bigot's big brother.
David Dalby

The first casualties of a religion's establishment are the intentions of its founder.
Louis de Bernieres

When George Bush stopped drinking for God he was swapping one dependency for another.
unknown

The argument is not atheism versus creationism. It is logic and reason versus superstition and ignorance.
unknown

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.
unknown

You're telling me a carpenter never nailed his wife?
unknown

All the western theologies are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
Frank Zappa

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
Thomas Jefferson

The sense of spiritual relief, which comes from rejecting the idea of God as a supernatural being, is enormous.
Julian Huxley

I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue.
Bertrand Russell

Opus Dei was more about humiliation than humility.
Veronique Duborgel

God and patriotism are an explosive mixture.
Nicolas Sartorius

Stay away from churches, son. The only thing they have a key to is the shit house.
William S. Burroughs

Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Denis Diderot

Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
Isaac Asimov

The devil never harmed the church so much as when the church herself adopted the vow of celibacy.
Peter Comestor

It is the heart that perceives God and not the reason.
Blaise Pascal

Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
Mark Twain

Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof.
Ayn Rand

The Vatican came out with a new rule. No surrogate mothers. Good thing they didn't make this rule before Jesus was born.
unknown

To question faith-based beliefs and challenge religious people to justify their assertions is not unreasonable.
unknown

Faith-minded people do not have the desire to properly and honestly perceive and model reality.
unknown

Atheism is a religion like baldness is a hair color.
unknown

Religion and blind faith are some of the greatest impediments ever to human learning and progress.
unknown

God made me an atheist. Who are you to question his wisdom?
unknown

Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.
Blaise Pascal

In no instance have the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
James Madison

History is full of faiths sanctioning political murders to advance a cause.
Denis MacShane

Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.
Julian Huxley

Religion can be used as a tool of fear, used against minorities, and to crush internal dissent.
Asma Jahangir

Vatican officials will not accept that they are wrong about anything. Their task, after all, is to put other people right.
Andrew Brown

Faith means to consciously and willfully refuse to examine the facts.
David Morris

It is amazing what we will accept when it is presented as religious ideology.
Richard Jones

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence, from Jerusalem, of a lunatic asylum.
Havelock Ellis

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Delos McKown

This is one of the great social functions of science- to free people from superstition.
Steven Weinberg

Unthinking faith is a curious offering to be made to the creator of the human mind.
John A. Hutchinson

The very first line of the national anthem asks a deity that doesn't exist to save an institution that shouldn't.
Mark Thomas

If the Bible is mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust it to tell us where we're going?
Justin Brown

The American tradition is to identify with a faith, and yet often it's a superficial attachment
Seymour Lachman

I can't help feeling that the defensiveness of the religious is a symptom of religion's intellectual weakness
Adam Wolstenholme

The Church is concerned above all else not with the welfare of a child's soul but with its own perdurability
unknown

A priest is a man who is called 'Father' by everyone except his own children who are obliged to call him 'Uncle'.
Italian Proverb

Drug pushers and missionaries- not much of a difference that I can see.
unknown

Unfortunately, common sense and logic are lost on those badly affected by the religious virus.
unknown

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
Edmond de Goncourt

Only the fool says in his heart: There is no god- The wise says it to the world.
unknown

A religion, even if it calls itself a religion of love, must be hard and unloving to those who do not belong to it.
Sigmund Freud

For as long as the absolute primacy of Rome prevails, the pope will have most of Christianity against him.
Hans Kung

The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool.
Voltaire

Scoring a debating point against Richard Dawkins does not prove the existence of God.
unknown

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
unknown

For much of human history, it [religion] may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary?
Arthur C. Clarke

Common humanity is our only way forward and, by their very nature, faith schools encourage separatism.
Martin Samuel

Let religion compete in the marketplace for ideas, not seek shelter behind special privileges.
The Economist

I wonder who got the shit job of scouring the planet for the 15000 species of butterfly or the 8800 species of ant they eventually took on board Noah's Ark. But at least we got that magical rainbow for all their trouble.
Azura Skye

Religious wars: isn't it ironic that our fear of death could actually be the death of us.
John Kelly Ireland

By the age of ten, it becomes an obligation on us to force her to wear hijab, and if she doesn't wear hijab, we hit her.
Al Jibali

Creationism, perhaps the most pernicious of the intellectual perversions now afflicting the American public.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke

God is Perfect: Perfect beings do not experience anger or suprise towards a sequence of events they knew of in advance.
John Kelly Ireland

So Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Well, you know what the shepherd does with his flock? Shears them and then turns them into mutton.
C.A.M

The abstinence-only approach to sexuality education is scientifically and ethically flawed
National Sexuality Resource Center

Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea.
Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Secularism is not the opposite of religion, but the opposite of theocracy.
Joseph Lee

If theists think atheism is a religion, then they don't understand religion (or atheism), which in turn explains why they're theists!
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

How much love is there in the concept of eternal torture? The single most evil idea ever thought up by humanity
unknown

It is impossible to convince some children that there is no Santa Claus. They do not fully grasp reality.
R Reboulet

Religion was created to calm the weak and fearfull about death, and allow them to accept it without panic. Unfortunately, religion will probably exist until the day we can extend human life. Thankfully, Science is fast approaching that day.
unknown

We would be 1,500 years ahead if it hadn't been for the church dragging science back by its coattails and burning our best minds at the stake
Catherine Fahringer

Christian Fundamentalism: The doctrine that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life.
unknown

The whole of humanity consists of one long war; we just prefer to divide them all into chunks so we can look upon the history of humankind with a bit of sadness as opposed to total disgust. What god would create such a species of murderous hypocrites
Paul Hampson

One cannot disprove the existence of a God anymore than one can the existence of the Tooth Fairy. But if enough people believed in the latter, would it make it any more credible?
Jack Pritchard

Faith is deciding to allow yourself to believe something your intellect would otherwise cause you to reject--otherwise there’s no need for faith.
unknown

The Commandments Moses forgot:1)Thou shalt not rape 2)Thou shalt not keep slaves 3)Thou shalt not have sex with children 4)Thou shalt not kill anyone for their religious beliefs. And...5)Thou shalt not profit from the beliefs of others...
Alan Harvey

Pulp fiction is an unreliable guide to the real world, but so, too, is pulpit fiction.
Irish Independent

[In Ireland] you had people with no understanding of their sexuality and they were in complete power.
Patrick Hederman

When we move beyond God or no God and start to be responsible for ourselves we start to live.
Colin Shingleton

At least people hundreds of years ago believed in gods because they were ignorant... the only excuse for belief today has to be intellectual laziness or cowardice.
Esiah Zakite

I'm not aware of any major [Catholic] diocese in the world that has not had a sexual-abuse scandal.
Donald Cozzens

When religion grows more and more fanatical it's inevitably women who suffer the most.
Adam Lee

It's a safe bet that the more respect someone claims to have for God, the less they're likely to have for women
Adam Lee

The Eleventh Commandment is, “Don’t believe everything thou readeth.”
Baron von Knifty

“How do you choose between believing in Jesus, Bigfoot, leprechauns, witchcraft, Islam, alien abductions, the Tooth Fairy, gold at the end of the rainbow or the myriad other assertions that people have made over the course of human history? [Faith is] like rolling the dice and hoping you have placed your faith in a true proposition.... However, if you are still inclined to place faith in an un-provable assertion, I am God, send me money.
unknown

Love the religious, hate the religion.
unknown

Only Catholic bishops can explain why their top political priority is not poverty, abuse or war, but stopping gay marriage.
Tim Hopkins

The viciousness, divisiveness, hypocrisy and sheer lovelessness of much religious rhetoric and action is abysmal.
Ron Ferguson

A king of England once paid 100,000 gold coins for the 'real' crown of thorns from the New Testament.
Kevin Connolly

Our nation’s laws should never be based solely on private religious beliefs.
Sandhya Bathija

We unfortunately live in a society where criticizing religious belief is viewed with contempt.
Jen McCreight

We ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible.
Seán O'Casey

If you believe you are part of something special, first you must define to me what your interpretation of special is. Really. I need to know because some people are awed by seeing a face on a grilled cheese sandwich.
Baron von Knifty

There is no 'rich tradition of rigorous inquiry' in religion, as we can see from its lack of progress.
P. Z. Myers

While hospitals are entitled to an official religious orientation, they must not be permitted to jeopardize patients' lives
Nancy Northup

The Vatican's assumption that without Catholicism the West is destined to decline is not as widely shared as might appear.
Massimo Franco

Never underestimate the ability of religious bigots to render themselves victims.
unknown

Gay Catholics don't need to confess, they need to come out of the closet and challenge anti-gay dogma.
Wayne Besen

Here's to the good Nuns for telling me what books NOT to read!
Robert Anton Wilson

This suspicion about people [in the US] whose only crime is not believing in things until they're proven seems weird.
Matthew Chapman

We often infect the Bible with our own values and morals, not asking what the Bible's values and morals really are.
Sidnie White Crawford

God, is genuinely missing, as far as physics is concerned, which is why he's never mentioned in the textbooks.
unknown

Its mildly amusing to see believers get so agitated when a few atheists proselytize- what have religions being doing for millennia?
unknown

Man enjoys the great advantage of having a god endorse the code he writes.
Simone de Beauvoir

The notion that religious medical facilities could legally allow women to die from treatable conditions cannot be permitted.
Nancy Northup

Belief and non-belief has waxed and waned for centuries. This time atheism is here to stay.
Kevin Smith

Pastors and leaders in all faiths are simply people hungry for power
Lauren J. Barnhart

Even the most cursory reading of the text reveals the bible to be nothing but a badly written story full of factual errors
Jeff Schweitzer

The Bible is and has been the cause of so much misery that I have now consigned it to the proverbial bin.
Jane Bennett

There's usually so much wailing at a funeral that I am beginning to wonder how many people really believe in an afterlife.
Robin Ince

As an African American I can't reconcile accepting a religion that was used to enslave my ancestors.
Frederick Sparks

It is still criminal for the [Catholic] Church to think for yourself. It's even more criminal to say something.
Father Joseph Sedjrari

It turns out that the 'new' Europe is not turning out particularly godly
G. Paul & P. Zuckerman

There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs
Barry Goldwater

We can debate whether this or that alleged claim genuinely emanated from God, but who can honestly adjudicate?
Richard Holloway

In the name of Allah they can build hundreds of mosques but they cannot do anything for the poor people.
Anonymous. (Sudan)

The most reliable estimates of abusing Catholic clergy in the U.S. now run between 6 and 9 percent.
Richard Sipe

The only people obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese, and that in erotic terms is the Catholic Church
Stephen Fry

I am now convinced that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion.
Ruth Hurmence Green

Religion has absolutely no way to test any of its ideas, and its proponents seem to like it that way.
P. Z. Myers

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A ridiculous belief, even if sincerely believed, is no less ridiculous.
Eric Nowell

When religion was doing well, it did not need to go into politics.
Professor Barry Kosmin

If the bishops [in Ireland] want to live by Anonymous law they should take themselves off to the Vatican and live there.
Andrew Madden

No woman should accept any religion that assigns her a role that is at best secondary to men.
Sheila Tobias

Once you gingerly step outside religion, you suddenly realize how much all religions look alike.
Blonde Nonbeliever

Theological censorship justifies itself as the quest for the truth and poses as truth's champion.
Eric Hodgens

We have a situation where gay kids are getting bullied left and right, but it's the Christians who are acting like victims.
Hemant Mehta

I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government.
Woody Allen

Atheists, by definition, don't think any religion has any reasonable likelihood of being true.
Greta Christina

One in three Americans raised Catholic have left the church.
John L. Allen Jr

A poll of 33,000 people across Europe shows that only 39% of people trust priests.
Reader's Digest

The Church coerced people into what it considered morality by ensuring that there was no alternative
Emer O'Kelly

When faith collides with objective truth it either denies, ignores or lies about it.
unknown

Little noticed, secularism keeps climbing in the United States.
James Haught

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher
C.S. Lewis

There is no aspect of our lives, no matter how intimate, which religion does not unblushingly insist on its right to control.
Paula Kirby

There is not enough love and goodness in the world for us to be permitted to give any of it away to imaginary things.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It makes me upset, if not angry, when people assume that there can be no morality without a religious framework.
Jane Asher

Secularism remains our best bet to help us deal with ever deepening religious diversity and the problems endemic to it.
Rajeev Bhargava

People of faith have rejected the benefits of an open mind.
A.C. Grayling

STD infection rates are up to hundreds of times higher in America than in some non-religious democracies
Gregory Paul

The foundation on which religious morality is built is obviously fundamentally and fatally flawed.
Jeff Schweitzer

Not only can we be both well and good without God, we can be better.
Victor Stenger

Scholars have long resisted using the term 'forgery' to characterize Biblical writings made under false authorship.
John Murawski

There's a very, very common surname in Ireland that actually means 'priest's son'. Go figure...
unknown

A deep unwavering belief is a sure sign you're missing something...
unknown

Evangelical Christians have weird, punitive attitudes to sex and shouldn't be allowed any influence over sex education.
Polly Toynbee

There's nothing new about the Holy See's placing ideology over the health and well-being of women and girls worldwide.
Nancy Goldstein

I don't believe just because ideas are tenacious, it means that they're worthy.
Tim Minchin

You won't burn in hell. But be nice anyway.
Ricky Gervais

If you follow atheism in the news you begin to see that atheists are regularly criticized... simply for existing.
Greta Christina

Men prefer to believe that they are degenerated angels, rather than elevated apes.
William Winwood Reade

It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.
George W. Foote

The merit claimed for the Anglican Church is that, if you let it alone, it will let you alone.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every pulpit is a pillory, in which stands a hired culprit, defending the justice of his own imprisonment.
Robert G. Ingersoll

There is no room for evangelists at public schools.
Hugh Wilson

[Atheists] are equally capable of being ethical as people who are religious.
Todd Stiefel

The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil.
Frank Zappa

As soon as a religion fails to meet human needs it begins to die.
Oliver Thomas

Is mandatory celibacy wise or even theologically sound?
Donald Cozzens

The bible teaches that women brought sin and death into the world.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We should respect believers as individuals but tolerance, rather than respect, for their views is all that can be expected
Chris Newell

'Change or die' seems to be the operative phrase for religion these days.
Paul Pardi

I don't have to be threatened with hell nor do I need to be rewarded with heaven to be a good person.
unknown

We are on the verge- within 10 years- of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity [in the US]"
Michael Spencer

I reject religious dogma because I refuse to subscribe to the primitive notion that women are second class citizens.
unknown

The Council of Europe seems unable to step back from the fawning deference it has for religion.
Terry Sanderson

Vatican understandings of human sexual nature, development, behaviour and identity are inadequate and not accurate.
Richard Sipe

Young Americans are dropping out of religion at an alarming rate of five to six times the historic rate.
Robert D. Putnam

Non-religious parents almost invariably transmit their unbelief to their children.
David Pollock

Simplistic messages eliminate the middle ground in debates, and help justify religious fundamentalist violence.
Cassandra Balchin

The Church is going to have to recognise that secularisation is not the cause of their decline, it is the result of it
Keith Porteous Wood

Most of the people who want to persecute Muslims are Muslims.
Clive James

The secularisation of Irish culture is very advanced. The rift is growing between the church and young people.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

State policies of multiculturalism have promoted religious identity above shared citizenship.
Cassandra Balchin

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
Thomas Paine

Religious opinion should not have more protection than nonreligious opinion.
Boris van der Ham

Religious individuals see in their religion what they want to see, and deny or despise the rest.
Phil Zuckerman

I believe we may be living at a time when we are watching the kind of Protestantism we have in America come to an end.
Stanley Hauerwas

Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Church leaders can no longer ignore the extent to which they've lost control of Irish society
Patsy McGarry

Now, it seems, the 'religious right' thinks they own the word marriage
Doug Roper

Evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus' earthly life was supposedly made necessary.
Richard Bozarth

Religious morality shouldn't ever be allowed anywhere near secular law, especially law related to sex and gender.
Nick Annis

There's a reason why atheists don't fly planes into buildings.
unknown

If we know the Bible has content that is false, how can we believe any of it?
unknown

The Conference of Catholic Bishops is one of the most powerful lobby groups in Brussels.
Sophie in 't Veld

Religions look morally spent, still besieged by issues most of us left behind centuries ago.
Dick Gross

How can you say you believe in the afterlife and weep at the finality of death?
Ian McEwan

Were it not for immigration, Catholicism in America would be contracting dramatically.
John L. Allen Jr

The power and control that holds the Roman Catholic Church together depends on preservation of the celibate myth.
Richard Sipe

Changes in the church hierarchy have led increasingly conservative bishops to exert more influence over Catholic hospitals.
Rob Stein

Is there no end to the supply of out and proud, actively homophobic Christians?
Deborah Orr

The total absence of humour from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
Alfred North Whitehead

God isn't a name, it's a noun. It was capitalized by Christian scholars to distinguish their god from older pagan ones.
Jennifer Hynes

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
Stephen Hawking

After Christianity sought to ally itself to the Roman Empire, forged gospels and epistles were created to absolve the Romans
John Murawski

The Ten Commandments don't tell you what you ought to do: They only put ideas into your head.
Elizabeth Bibesco

The Bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of woman's emancipation.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Charles Darwin didn't do for God- German biblical criticism did
Douglas Murray

Those who think that God almighty forbids abortion will never be satisfied until they have imposed their religion on everyone else.
unknown

In no other domain of knowledge is belief without evidence considered a desirable quality.
unknown

Saviours are for people who want to be absolved of their crimes.
unknown

Empty prejudices are empty prejudices, whether sanctioned by religious belief or not.
Deborah Orr

Science is more spiritual than any religion.
unknown

Arguments from faith have no credence at all in serious moral philosophy
Gary Kitchen

The growing exodus from organized religion is set on a backdrop of increasing Christian fundamentalism.
goddiscussion.com

Science provides tangible evidence of its accuracy and importance. Religion makes excuses for its absence of the same.
P. Z. Myers

There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as The Dark Ages.
Ruth Hurmence Green

Not by accident does Genesis 3 make the father of knowledge a serpent- slimy, sneaking and abominable.
H.L. Mencken

The Catholic church is as confused about morality as it is about cosmology
Sam Harris

Ethics is not a branch of theology at all but of philosophy, of which it has been an integral part since the time of Socrates
Gary Kitchen

The fiercest homophobia in the Catholic Church comes from homophile clerics who desperately suppress their own sexuality
David Berger

God made the idiot for practice, and then He made the school board.
Mark Twain

When it comes to choosing one particular religion over another, it seems to be largely a matter of indoctrination
James Richmond

When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.
Sigmund Freud

Atheists don't need to be aggressive. Christianity is already proving itself adept at self-destruction.
Dan O’Neill

'God' is not dead; he but needs a new publicist.
Baptiste Michel

Two of the four gospels don't even mention the birth narrative... the two that do offer contradictory accounts
Peter Oborne

I don't want to dispute with Ayatollah Khomeini, but I will point out that only one of us is dead
Salman Rushdie

The free exercise of religion only concerns religion within one's own life
Megan Fraley

The only answers to be found in Genesis are to the question 'am I gullible enough to believe this bullshit?'
unknown

Mystical experiences, however enlightening are not evidence for the existence of supernatural entities.
unknown

The last shred of the Catholic claim to being an ethical institution has been eliminated by the cruel perfidy of its clerics.
Gregory Paul

How many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell
Karl Popper

Much of what passes for moral guidance in the Bible, especially, but not only, in the OT, appears to me to be morally repugnant
Ian McEwan

The bad that is done in the name of religion is intrinsically grounded in the scripture of religion.
Tony Blair

Kill them all. For the Lord knoweth them that are His.
Abbot Arnaud Amalric

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
Queen Elizabeth II

There is no country where Islam is dominant where you have a real democracy, a real separation between church and state
Geert Wilders

In the United States, religion-backed social conservatism has been associated with endless strife
Katha Pollitt

After 2000 years of what has been a pretty bloody marriage, faith and reason must agree to part
Matthew Parris

The Vatican has a long and sordid history of being associated with discrimination, bigotry and violence- even mass murder
Stephen Flurry

The most insidious links between church and state are often informal ones.
The Economist

Under CAnonymous law, the Roman Catholic Church has two duties in education: to preserve and to proselytise
Emer O'Kelly

Under the guise of 'hate crime' laws the scourge of Blasphemy is returning and freedom of speech is literally dying.
Kent Welton

We cannot remain silent when someone of the Pope's stature and credibility confuses religious principles for science
Paul Kurtz

Religion attacks us in our deepest integrity by saying we wouldn't be able to make a moral decision without it
Christopher Hitchens

The Pope's comments on moral relativism are very weak- one can be a moral realist without belief in a supernatural being.
unknown

For centuries, religion was insulated from criticism in Britain. First its opponents were burned, then jailed, then shunned.
Johann Hari

Even during my early childhood, the notion of an invisible figure watching over us struck me as fallacious.
Alex Wolinsky

What has secularism done to Norway? The Global Peace Index rates Norway the most peaceful country in the world
David Miles

If ever there was a time to set out the unequivocal value of a secular state, it must be now
Polly Toynbee

The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms
H.L. Mencken

Special treatment for any religious group undermines the democratic foundation of our legal system.
Terry Sanderson

Many of the rights women have now in the UK are the result of a hard fight to wrestle control out of church hands.
Maryam Namazie

The Catholic Church has long treated priests and those in religious orders as a higher caste
Barney Zwartz

Labelling all critics Islamophobes, as often happens is an old ploy to close down debate
Jemima Khan

Every society has evolved a belief system that each insists is fundamental truth
Charlie Munn

Either this man [Jesus] was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse
C.S. Lewis

The government should not be in the business of funneling money for social services through any faith-based organization
Susan Jacoby

Christian religion as organized in its churches has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world
Bertrand Russell

Instead of assimilating into the larger culture, Muslims have created a parallel society in the UK
Carol Sarler

Catholicism in particular is a religion that is very adept at instilling fear and shame into its followers.
Samantha Lyster

We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness
Karl Popper

Those who preach faith, and enable it and elevate it are our intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in bondage to fantasy
Bill Maher

We see an increasing number of people who are finding in Islamic scripture justifications for cruel behavior toward women.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

By exalting religiosity and scorning nonbelief, the public and media help to validate the religious right and its agenda
David A. Niose

To my mind, it is a simple matter of deductive logic that there is no such omnipotent being as God
Jim Gardner

What religion and the religious fear most of all is ridicule because what they believe is absurd
Paul Owen

To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing
Hypatia

The low esteem in which many evangelicals hold academic inquiry is a function of fear
Mark A. Nol

I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State
Theodore Roosevelt

There is no deep-rooted antipathy to Christianity [in the UK], only deep-rooted apathy.
Terry Sanderson

The 16th and 17th century notion that man would never be able to let go of religion has turned out to be wrong
Richard Rorty

Tis the temper of the hot and superstitious part of mankind in matters of religion ever to be fond of mysteries
Isaac Newton

Far from being created by a god, we, as an animal, have evolved over millions of years to become what we are today
Kenny McGuigan

Barely a day goes by without news of gross violations of human rights of Muslims living in so-called Islamic countries.
Tarek Fatah

When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours
Stephen F. Roberts

Rather than opposing the class system, does not the [Catholic] church proclaim the class system to be 'natural'?
Richard Montague

Gay people represent a real threat, by their very existence, to Pope Benedict's theology
Andrew Sullivan

The Bible's story gets it completely the wrong way round. It's not God creates man, it's Man who creates god
David Starkey

In America, religious groups gain political advantage and rally their followers by presenting themselves as embattled
Laura Miller

There is no logical argument one can conceive of which justifies placing evolutionary biology alongside religion
Katherine E. Klimt

Islam is not a religion that can co-exist with others around it in its present form
Mariella Frostrup

A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians
Professor Benny Morris

Religion is second only to corruption and tribalism as the biggest threat to socio economic development.
Ben Ofosu-Appiah

Just when faith turns hot and dangerous, threatening life and limb again, the government responds by encouraging more of it
Polly Toynbee

No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter than you and I
Edgar Allan Poe

Today, we have to use our right to criticise religion – or lose it
Johann Hari

Religious facts must be taught at school not in a theological way but thru a sociological, cultural, historical analysis
Nicholas Sarkozy

Forget Jesus; the stars died so that you could be here today! Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded
Lawrence Krauss

The nature of the priesthood and their celibacy, removed them from the normal feelings of anyone with a family
Ann Lynch

No one knows exactly who wrote the Bible or when. As such, it is an inherently suspect work
James Tracy

The priests of the different religious sects dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight
Thomas Jefferson

Our [Ghanaian] constitution stipulates strict separation of state and religion and we must adhere to it-Ben Ofosu
Appiah

The idea that people's beliefs, merely by being deeply held, merit respect is grotesque
Oliver Kamm

It seems rather obvious to us that if God's works are undetectable, you have no grounds for telling us what he's been up to
P. Z. Myers

The Church established from the time of St. Paul onward was set up as a No-Woman's Land
Robert S. McElvaine

Faith-minded people do not have the desire to properly and honestly perceive and model reality.
unknown

If god really is love, then why would he require me to abase myself to him in order to avoid an eternity of torment?
unknown

The idea that life began by magic a few thousand years ago is entirely absurd- yet believers insist on its truth
Professor Steve Jones

All we who are dead below Have become bones and ashes, but nothing else
Roman Tombstone

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence
Bertrand Russell

Neither antiquity nor any other nation has imagined a more atrocious and blasphemous absurdity than that of eating God
Frederick the Great

The battle for freedom from religion still has a long way to go
Brian Wilder

To render Islam consistent with democratic ways will require profound changes in its interpretation
Daniel Pipes

Chesterton said that the main argument against Christianity is Christians
Andrew Sullivan

The truth is that the Constitution says nothing about God. Not one word
Oliver Thomas

The worry about religious courts – Jewish or Muslim – is that they resist equal rights for women
The Independent Newspaper

No woman should accept any religion that assigns her a role that is at best secondary to men
Sheila Tobias

The European Union cannot legislate purely on the basis of the theological convictions of a single faith
Ronan McCrea

The influence of the Roman Catholic Church on EU institutions is huge but largely hidden
Keith Porteous Wood

Sometime in the Bronze Age, someone found a way to harness the power of ritual for political ends
Ian Kemmish

Only a true believer can make a dirty word of 'rationalism', but then, reason is the natural enemy of faith.
Herbert B. Livesey

Religions have been man's greatest crimes and many of their adherents have been evil beyond words.
Donald MacLeod

'God's plan' is often a front for men's plans and a cover for inadequacy, ignorance, and evil.
Mary Daly

The pope said that he doesn't believe in the theory of evolution. I agree, the Church has not evolved.
Andrea Rivera

May I remind everybody that every German soldier under Nazi rule had 'God with us' etched on their belt buckles.
unknown

In large swathes of Europe the Catholic Church is disliked because it is seen as an agent of oppression
unknown

No god ever came down and wiped out a disease. Science did. A vaccine will.
Nick Annis

As people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers
Robert G. Ingersoll

Against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
Friedrich von Schiller

For me, the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.
Albert Einstein

If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank.
Woody Allen

Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating towards faith in the Almighty.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The hateful, shame-based rhetoric surrounding abortion causes some woman to carry a heavy burden of regret.
Helen J. Raschke

Mammaries are the favourite target of all religions, not mammon.
Polly Toynbee

Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?
Bertrand Russell

Our ignorance is God; what we know is science.
Robert G. Ingersoll

God, so atrocious in the Old Testament, so attractive in the New- the Jekyl and Hyde of sacred romance.
Mark Twain

Religion is no longer the opiate of the masses. It is the speed of the masses.
Akbar Ahmed

It is individuals who have human rights, not religions or beliefs
Ian Harris

The mildest criticism of religion is also the most radical and the most devastating one. Religion is man-made.
Christopher Hitchens

Let's face it- if there was a God, Stephen Hawking would have found him by now.
Adam Battrick

People who purport to be God's messenger on earth are a danger to politics.
David Steel

The worst enemy women have is in the pulpit.
Susan B. Anthony (suffragist)

What is the difference between an invisible, imperceptible, ineffective God and no God at all?
unknown

The ineptness, dishonesty and lack of ethics of the overtly God-fearing Bush administration may be turning people off on God.
David Miles

Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the Earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Jesus of Nazareth

Whereas the mistakes in philosophy are merely ridiculous, those in religion are dangerous.
David Hume

Anyone who believes there is a true separation of Church and State in Italy is not paying attention.
Gianfranco Rey

When enough people share a delusion, it loses its status as a psychosis and gets a religious tax exemption instead.
Ronald de Sousa

Until this awful blasphemy [the Incarnation of Christ] is got rid of, there never will be any liberal science in the world.
John Adams

Sharia is the tool that Islamists use to subdue, dominate and tyrannise individuals and communities.
Leo Igwe

All religions, with their gods, demigods, prophets, messiahs and saints, are the product of the fancy and credulity of men
Mikhail Bakunin

The Codex, and other early manuscripts, do not mention the ascension of Jesus, and omit key references to the Resurrection.
Roger Bolton

Whenever we teach our children that groundless faith is a virtue, we pave the way for groundless violence.
Carrie Poppy

A truly liberal society guarantees the freedom of all religions, but it accepts the tyranny of none.
Ming Campbell

The human brain is a great creator of absurd notions, and God is the most absurd one of all.
José Saramago

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!
Winston Churchill

How much critical analysis does a child do when accepting Jesus at their parents' urging?
Dave Bruemmer

If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can't be taken on its own merits.
Dan Barker

I think we're in the last gasps of monotheism, frankly, as people become more rational, and learn more about the universe.
Larry Charles

The Vatican's writing is full of grave sounding inflated obfuscation designed to confuse the consumers.
unknown

One can believe something because there is a body of evidence to support it. However, this is not belief in the religious sense.
unknown

If God wanted to speak to us He would speak to us directly, in a language we could all understand.
unknown

A major function of religion is to control the reproductive behaviour of women.
Nancy Blake

The lack of women in any kind of equal leadership role throughout history exposes religion as a patriarchal invention.
Nickolas Conrad

It took centuries for the West to shake off the control of the religious and make progress in science, technology and human rights.
unknown

Monotheism has run its course but often in the death throes of these movements the most violent upheaval takes place.
Larry Charles

Some children are raised in such an ideological prison that they willingly become their own jailers.
Daniel Dennett

If a community has few other spokespeople apart from religious ones then ethnic and religious identities merge.
Faisal al Yafai

Two out of every three Americans say that their moral values do not come primarily from religion.
Pew Forum

Faith can give people a sort of hyperbolic confidence, an utter unconcern about whether they might be making a mistake.
Daniel Dennett

Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith.
Winston Churchill

The inculcation of a high level of sexual guilt, primarily in the female, is a major function of religious education.
Nancy Blake

I'm happy to attend any religious observances where the food is good.
Jay Berman

There's a word for women who practice the rhythm method of birth control: 'mother'.
unknown

You don't have to be religious to be a reactionary bigot, but it sure does help.
unknown

Hate the irrational belief, not the irrational believer.
unknown

My general rule on sacred things is that I have no respect for people who can't take a joke.
Zach Weiner

Everyone describes his beliefs as 'the truth' and every one else's as 'religion'. It goes with the territory.
unknown

You know that God made man in His own image when God hates all the same people you do.
unknown

Catholicism spreads a cloak of ignorance and superstition wherever she is allowed to rule supreme.
unknown

Religion is the only area in which we tolerate dogma.
Sam Harris

Gods always behave like the people who created them.
Zora Neale Hurston

If they think that an artist can destroy their faith, then their faith is rather fragile.
Marilyn Manson

If the Bible is the Word Of God why doesn't he ever show up for the book signings?
unknown

The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.
Karl Marx

Christianity, encouraged by militant forms of Islam, is trying to regain its old influence in the public sphere.
Joan Smith

Does one set of superstitions have more legitimacy than another because more people happen to have been duped by them?
Joan McAlpine

The greatest blunder after partition was to allow Catholic and Protestant schools to survive.
David Trimble

Any body of men who believe in hell will persecute whenever they have the power.
Joseph McCabe

Religions are cultural artifacts. We make God, not the other way round.
Iain Banks

The only good thing ever to come out of religion was the music.
George Carlin

I don't believe in life after death, but I'd like to believe in life before death.
Natalie Angier

If the Bible is mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust it to tell us where we're going?
Justin Brown

Unfortunately, common sense and logic are lost on those badly affected by the religious virus.
unknown

When did I realize I was god? Well, I was praying and suddenly I realized I was talking to myself.
Peter O'Toole

What do you get if you cross an Atheist with a Jehovah's Witness? Someone who knocks on doors for no reason.
unknown

Those with no religious affiliation are the fastest-growing group in America, more even than Muslims.
Joe Zamecki

Freedom from indoctrination ought to be a basic human right for all children.
Björn Ulvaeus

Religion harms by teaching the unquestioning acceptance of ideas- something that should be unthinkable in this modern age.
Unknown author

Religion, like poetry, is simply a concerted effort to deny the most obvious realities.
H.L. Mencken

Faith is what I die for, Dogma is what I kill for.
Unknown author

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Napoléon Bonaparte

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Huang Po

God seems to be an exceptionally unreliable oracle- most of what he has supposedly said is wrong.
P. Z. Myers

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.
Arthur C. Clarke

Instead of praying for those in need, the church is preying on them.
Steven Michels

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.
James Madison

The American right has succeeded in making 'family' a dirty word, synonymous with bigotry and intolerance.
unknown

I believe in the Golden Rule. I believe in tolerance and compassion. I don't need religion to give me that.
Randy Word

The very first line of the national anthem asks a deity that doesn't exist to save an institution that shouldn't.
Mark Thomas

It's fine to be a religion man. But if you get too much of the religion, you get out of your mind and do stupid things.
Murat Duka

Here's a tip: If you're killing someone in the name of God- you're missing the message.
Nick Annis

It is sadly typical of religious apologists to claim persecution by people who are really just exercising intellectual rigour.
unknown

Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope.
P.J. O'Rourke

Shielding my child from the extremes of religious doctrine has been the main gift I have given to her.
Sharon Owens

Our new [US] president has made it clear: being religious is not a test one must pass in order to be part of this country.
Nica Lalli

If God is so powerful, how come he gave his chosen people the only part of the Middle East without any oil?
Jeremy Hardy

Science has boxed religion into a corner from which it will never escape except by intellectual self-deceit.
unknown

If it had not been for religion, there would be no need for anything specifically called atheism.
Andy Armitage

Many people of faith believe in and support the secular state precisely because it protects all of us, religious or otherwise.
Jon O'Brien

Where in the Bible does it say anything about a Pope?
King Henry VIII

God and the Devil are only sustained in existence through belief in them.
unknown

After my 12 years in Northern Ireland, this is the primary lesson I learned about terrorism: it works.
Lionel Shriver

The Inquisition is back, and this time it has set up shop at the United Nations.
Austin Dacey

If religion does anything it preys on the sheeplike qualities of human beings.
Bill Maher

Only the fool says in his heart: There is no god- The wise says it to the world.
Unknown author

Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Church's most revered theologian, was amongst those who approved the execution of heretics.
unknown

You never ask questions when God's on your side.
Bob Dylan

Faith-based might appropriately be spelled 'faith-biased'.
Paul Geisert

The Roman Catholic Church is about as greedy and materialistic as it gets. Always has been. Have you seen the Vatican?
unknown

Scoring a debating point against Richard Dawkins does not prove the existence of God.
unknown

In its first thousand years, the Church was richer than any king. Of course, now it has lost market share, its not doing so well.
unknown

It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true.
Bertrand Russell

For as long as the absolute primacy of Rome prevails, the pope will have most of Christianity against him.
Hans Küng

A religion, even if it calls itself a religion of love, must be hard and unloving to those who do not belong to it.
Sigmund Freud

No opinion should be protected from criticism simply by virtue of being religiously held.
Richard Dawkins

If God is incomprehensible to man, it would seem rational never to think of Him at all.
Jean Meslier

Unthinking faith is a curious offering to be made to the creator of the human mind.
John A. Hutchinson

This is one of the great social functions of science- to free people from superstition.
Steven Weinberg

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
Benjamin Franklin

Richard Dawkins has proven to be one of the most wicked human beings to ever walk the earth.
Pilgrim Baptist Church

Science flourishes whenever religion is not permitted to silence discoveries that run counter to its 'revealed truths'.
unknown

Religion is recognized by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Seneca

It never really occurred to me to believe in God.
David Attenborough

Prayer is a matter for students and parents, not politicians and school officials.
Adam Schwartz

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we do not like.
Oscar Wilde

In the name of 'respecting' faith and 'celebrating' difference, we are moving to a liberal version of educational apartheid.
Nick Cohen

If there is a God, a caring God, then we have to figure he's done an extraordinary job of making a very cruel world.
Dave Matthews

The most religious country in the developed world- the USA- is also by far the most violent and crime-ridden society.
unknown

It takes no faith at all to be an atheist, just like it takes no faith to understand that Santa Claus does not exist.
unknown

Religion can be used as a tool of fear, used against minorities, and to crush internal dissent.
Asma Jahangir

Religious opinions need not be privileged simply because they bear the label of faith.
Faisal al Yafai

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
Eric Hoffer

Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.
Julian Huxley

Chastity- the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
Aldous Huxley

Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, might be happy.
H.L. Mencken

You can devise a one-word argument to defeat the Bible: Dinosaurs.
Bill Hicks

There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
Richard Lederer

I am not hostile to the faith of my forefathers, but it is a cut-and-paste religion. Even the Virgin Birth itself was nicked.
Jeremy Hardy

Atheism is a religion like baldness is a hair color.
Unknown author

Love life, not the afterlife; it stands to reason.
Ian S. Fielding

Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.
Blaise Pascal

No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
U.S. Constitution

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
Arthur C. Clarke

If atheism is a religion 'I haven't got one' is a make of car.
unknown

Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?
Arthur C. Clarke

Creationists make it sound like a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Isaac Asimov

I don't believe God is a single parent who writes books.
Bill Maher

It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
Mark Twain

Appraise the Lord: Tax church property!
unknown

Why are there are so many gods? Because each was invented by different men to take advantage of their fellow men.
unknown

Criticisms of religious teachings and practices may be ethical, theological, or philosophical but they are not racist.
unknown

I refuse to live in fear of a theory that no one can ever prove - that's why I am an atheist.
unknown

The devil never harmed the church so much as when the church herself adopted the vow of celibacy.
Peter Comestor

What kills young women in Africa is not promiscuity, but marriage.
Nicholas D. Kristof

Islam is unable to endure criticism or change and is essentially at odds with European values.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Deaths in the Bible. God- 2,270,365 not including the victims of Noah`s flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, or the many plagues, famines, fiery serpents, etc because no specific numbers were given. Satan- 10.
unknown

Religious belief is not a precondition either of ethical conduct or of happiness.
Dalai Lama

Opus Dei was more about humiliation than humility.
Véronique Duborgel

The only reason Christians are not still burning each other is because the secular state stopped them.
Professor Simon Blackburn

All the western theologies are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
Tennesee Williams

There is in every village a torch: The schoolteacher. And an extinguisher: The priest.
Victor Hugo

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
Douglas Adams

My grandchildren recently asked me 'if God created everything, who created God?'
unknown

Atheism is nothing more than the sounds people make when in the presence of unjustified dogma. It's just reason in action.
Sam Harris

A belief or faith in anything without evidence doesn't make you virtuous, it makes you dangerous.
unknown

Fear of offending the religious seems to have become the new political correctness.
unknown

Humanity without religion is like a serial killer without a chainsaw.
unknown

If creationism is to be taught in biology does that mean alchemy is back on the curriculum for chemistry?
unknown

Religion is exactly what you deserve when you let others do your thinking for you.
unknown

There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit us to give any of it away to imaginary beings.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Atheists have been among the most abused parties in the history of the church.
Richard Newton

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
Galileo Galilei

Catholics are those who have had Hell injected into their veins as a child.
Anthony Burgess

It is amazing what we will accept when it is presented as religious ideology.
Richard Jones

A book that changed me? The Bible. It turned me into an Atheist.
Andy Hamilton

It does not follow that the theology of a few should be allowed to forestall the health and well-being of the many.
Ronald Reagan Jr.

The concept of god is an obvious fallacy. If god is the creator then from whence came god?
Chris Newell

Bishops, priests, preachers, imams, rabbis, male or female- they are all professional liars.
Peter Manchester

I may not believe in life after death, but what a gift it is to be alive now.
Natalie Angier

Religion is a fraud and an intentional enslavement of human minds.
Selden Strong

If the time spent indoctrinating kids into religion was spent teaching science and reason, we'd have a much improved world in a generation.
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

Every new and successful example, therefore, of a perfect separation between the ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance; and I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together" [Letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822].
James Madison

Whenever I'm in doubt, I ask myself, "What would Jesus do?" And then I realize, Jesus got crucified, so maybe his decision-making skills weren't all that great.
@AtheistQ, Twitter

Every single claim made by religion comes from people: not from sources out in the world that other people can verify, but from the insides of people's heads.
Greta Christina

If we had relied on religion for our social and technological breakthroughs, we'd all be living in mud huts and dying from dysentery.
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

If there was evidence for god, the church would use it, not rely on brainwashing children to perpetuate their myth.
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

The fact that we can judge the morality of a religion clearly indicates that morals are grounded in something else.
unknown

The Vatican has lost most of its old power. Its current power is primarily one built on sentimentality.
unknown

A God capable of continuously monitoring and controlling the individual status of every particle in the universe cannot be simple. His existence is going to need a mammoth explanation in its own right.
Richard Dawkins

History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god.
Giulian Buzila

“There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Religion is the way we honour our ancestors' errors.
Mark M. Otoysao

Any being who would send a good person to eternal damnation just because he has no faith doesn't deserve respect
Adam Rutherford

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there
Robert Heinlein

The argument is not atheism versus creationism. It is logic and reason versus superstition and ignorance.
unknown

In dark ages people are best guided by religion, as in a pitch-black night a blind man is the best guide; he knows the roads and paths better than a man who can see. When daylight comes, however, it is foolish to use blind, old men as guides.
Heinrich Heine

Ask a true scientist a very profound question on his science, and he will be silent. Ask a true religious person a very simple question on his religion, and he will be frenzied.
Kedar Joshi

Strange that creationists insist everything must have a designer, but then grant immunity from this principle to their god.
unknown

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Frederick Nietzsche

If God exists, and is the benevolent being, who loves everyone and forgives all who seek forgiveness, as he is foretold in the bible. Why would he sanction the murder of thousands of his own creators in his name?
Crusade

Religion thrives on fear and the powerful take advantage. They always do their best to silence anyone who questions
Lauren J. Barnhart

In a multicultural society, none of us should have the legal right not to be offended.
Terry Sanderson

The First Amendment is not an invitation for harassment, and Christianity is not a justification for it.
Kristina Bui

At worst, religion is confused, internally contradictory, and in conflict with evidence from the physical world
P. Z. Myers

On the eighth day man created God.
Nathan Wrigley

Most people who believe do so because they are born into and have faith in the local orthodoxy.
George Byron

Our country [the US] has no religion embedded within its government and thanks to the Constitution it never will.
Nica Lalli

The prime necessity of a human being is freedom. It is the state which has forbidden women from enjoying that liberty. Religion is now the first obstacle to women's advancement. Religion pulls human beings backwards, it goes against science and progressiveness. Religion engulfs people with a fear of the supernatural, It bars people from laughing and never allows people to exercise their choice.
Taslima Nasrin

If there is a God, a caring God, then we have to figure he's done an extraordinary job of making a very cruel world.
Dave Matthews

A certain sense of cruelty towards oneself and others is Christian; hatred of those who think differently; the will to persecute. Mortal hostility against the masters of the earth, against the 'noble', that is also Christian. Hatred of mind, of pride, courage, freedom, libertinage of mind, is Christian; hatred of the sense, of the joy of the senses, of joy in general is Christian.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A careful study of religious beliefs and practices, as well as of scholars' definitions of religion, forces us to conclude that the beliefs and practices labeled "religious" have only one thing in common: the beliefs lack any empirical or statistical evidence, and the practices are "regular, habitual, and predictable ways of meeting the unpredictable, the impossible, or the uncontrollable ..., if [these] are momentous.
G.B. Vetter

I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are venomous enough, or secret, subterranean and small enough- I call it the one immortal blemish upon the human race.
Friedrich Nietzsche

You can cite a hundred references to show that the biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three verses that say "God is love," they will claim that *you* are taking things out of context!
Dan Barker

The time has come to abolish the 20th-century fad for intelligent moral debate and get back to using fragments of ancient scriptures
unknown

Ask a deeply religious Christian if he'd rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don't seem so bad lately.
Scott Adams

Christianity: The belief that some cosmic Jewish Zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.
unknown

I refuse to believe in a god who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to hell if I’m ‘bad’.
Mike Fuhrman

Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.
Penn Jillette

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
Thomas Jefferson

Theology, by diverting the attention of men from this life to another, and by endeavoring to coerce all men into one religion, constantly preaching that this world is full of misery, but the next world would be beautiful-- or not, as the case may be-- has forced on men the thought of fear where otherwise there might have been the happy abandon of nature.
Elbert Hubbard

Religions are like prescriptions. Both are written instructions from an Authority giving permission to the consumer, (if used as directed) to be a better person. Yet both usually do more harm than good. In Religion`s case, heaven is simply the drug of choice..
Quentin Cline

In the name of 'respecting' faith and 'celebrating' difference, we are moving to a liberal version of educational apartheid.
Nick Cohen

So let me get this straight, the unending, all-powerful force of creation that hand-made the universe funneled himself into the body of a human fetus and then teleported the fetus into the uterus of a married virgin. He then spent 30 years on earth walking around doing basically nothing and then one day rearranged reality to set in motion events that would lead to his own death...effectively committing suicide. He does this because his death will, for some or other reason, clear humanity's sin tally (which he, himself is keeping up in heaven). And then after his plans to get himself killed fall into place, he looks around and asks himself why he has abandoned himself? Is that the basic gist of it?
Hank Guerin

The power of prayer and faith can heal and bring happiness. The real tragedy is that the people that are helped by this don't realize that this power is really coming from within.
Terry

I'm pretty sure that we'd all be willing to die for the future of mankind if we knew we'd be living again three days later and receive eternal fame for it, so what's the big fuss about?
G. Hoskins

The most religious country in the developed world- the USA- is also by far the most violent and crime-ridden society.
unknown

There are rogues that pretend to be of a religion now! Well, all I say is, honest atheism for my money!
Thomas Otway

Let us challenge religion to leave children alone until they are adults.
European Social Health & Family Affairs Committee

All religions are ancient monuments to superstition, ignorance, ferocity; and modern religions are only ancient follies.
Baron D'Holbach

The religions of mankind must be classed among the mass-delusions of this kind. No one, needless to say, who shares a delusion ever recognizes it as such.
Sigmund Freud

If you want to raise an atheist child, bring them up in the strictest fundamentalist household you can muster. It worked on me.
unknown

What would Christ have said? We don't really know as we only have hearsay accounts (that vary) of what he is alleged to have said.
unknown

It's amazing how much detail Catholics will go into documenting why people shouldn't do the things that they all do anyway.
P. Z. Myers

Every injustice that has ever been fastened upon women in a Christian country has been 'authorised by the Bible'
Helen H Gardener

Religious people have been used to deference and respect, despite long being accustomed to insult atheists as immoral.
unknown

In human sciences, there are plenty of gods, but they are treated realistically as what they are: human cultural creations.
unknown

Shakespeare has much moral salience than the Talmud, Koran or any account of the fearful squabbles of Iron Age tribes
Christopher Hitchens

Decisions about legislation should reflect the public interest, not personal beliefs about religion.
Sandhya Bathija

Any college that lets theology trump fact is not a college; it is an institution of indoctrination.
William Crenshaw

Religious fundamentalisms are becoming increasingly visible in the international human rights system.
Cassandra Balchin

Most of us are too smart to invent new gods but are reluctant to give up the old ones.
Ruth Hurmence Green

20 million Americans have quit Catholicism- thus one-tenth of U.S. adults now are ex-Catholics.
James Haught

In a free society those who reject religion must be able to make a reasonable statement of their position
Rod Wallace

The problem with state accommodation of religion is that they work against and not for equality and justice
Pragna Patel

The hypothesis of the supernatural and/or a supreme being is vague, unfounded, and inapplicable in any practical fashion
P. Z. Myers

The US is unique among wealthy democracies in its level of religious literalism and opposition to evolutionary theory
Sam Harris

The hardest question facing modern societies in the west will be how to maintain a secular space for everyone to live in
Faisal al Yafai

Only the non-religious can act morally. Religious people, who believe in post-mortem reward and punishment cannot act morally.
unknown

If I were to speak your kind of language, I would say that man's only moral commandment is: Thou shalt think. But a 'moral commandment' is a contradiction in terms. The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed. The moral is the rational, and reason accepts no commandments.
Ayn Rand

What is the function that a clergyman performs in the world? Answer: he gets his living by assuring idiots that he can save them from an imaginary hell. It's a business almost indistinguishable from that of a seller of snake-oil for rheumatism.
H.L.Mencken

Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people
Jesse Ventura

I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
Doug McLeod

The good part of Christmas is not always Christian-- it is generally Pagan; that is to say, human, natural.
Robert G. Ingersoll

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.
Thomas Jefferson

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Napoleon Bonaparte

But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed.
John Adams

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time
Abraham Lincoln

In the long run, nothing can withstand reason and experience, and the contradiction religion offers to both is palpable.
Sigmund Freud

Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration--courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth.
H.L. Mencken

God is not dead. He is alive and working on a much less ambitious project."
Graffito

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, & the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Karl Marx

The hypothesis is pretty; its only fault is that it is neither demonstrated nor demonstrable. Who does not see that this is purely arbitrary fiction that puts nothingness as existing and proposes nothing more than simple noncontradiciton?
Galileo Galilei

He (the Rev. Mr. Whitefield) used, indeed, sometimes to pray for my conversion, but never had the satisfaction of believing that his prayers were heard.
Benjamin Franklin

One of the foundation stones of our faith is the Old Testament. If that book is not true, if its authors were unaided men, if it contains blunders and falsehoods, then that stone crumbles to dust...The Old Testament must be thrown aside. It is no longer a foundation. It has crumbled.
Robert G. Ingersoll

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.
Voltaire

Man is the cruelest animal. At tragedies, bullfights, and crucifixions he has so far felt best on earth; and when he invented hell for himself, behold, that was his very heaven.
Friedrich Nietzsche

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic.
Bertrand Russell

Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what would be considerably worse) going to the popularized version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism.
Isaac Asimov

God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent- it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills.
Robert Heinlein

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.
Thomas Huxley

The very concept of sin comes from the bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?
Dan Barker

Why would God choose Sons and Prophets to send us mediocre messages in scriptures that were written thousands of years ago?
unknown

Believing only in the material world does not mean that one has to make a fetish of material possessions.
unknown

Bush and bin Laden are really on the same side: the side of faith and violence against the side of reason and discussion. Both have implacable faith that they are right and the other is evil. Each believes that when he dies he is going to heaven. Each believes that if he could kill the other, his path to paradise in the next world would be even swifter.
Richard Dawkins

Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not.
Richard Dawkins

To label people as death-deserving enemies because of disagreements about real world politics is bad enough. To do the same for disagreements about a delusional world inhabited by archangels, demons and imaginary friends is ludicrously tragic.
Richard Dawkins

Atheist: A person who believes in one less god than you do
Donald Morgan

No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.
George W. Bush

It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.
George W. Foote

As far as I can tell from studying the scriptures, all you do in heaven is pretty much just sit around all day and praise the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I think that after the first, oh, I don’t know, 50,000,000 years of that I’d start to get a little bored.
Rick Reynolds

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish
Benjamin Disraeli

The world holds two classes of men – intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
Abu'l-Ala al Ma'arri

What’s “God”? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God’s the guy that ignores you.
Steve Buscemi, "The Island"

As long as woman regards the Bible as the charter of her rights, she will be the slave of man. The bible was not written by a woman. Within its leaves there is nothing but humiliation and shame for her.
Robert G. Ingersoll

If God created the world, then who created god? and who created whoever created god? So somewhere along the line something had to just be there. So why can’t we just skip the idea of god and go straight to earth?
Ryan Hanson

Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions
Blaise Pascal

Religious faith not only lacks evidence, its independence from evidence is its pride and joy, shouted from the rooftops.
Richard Dawkins

Man created God in his image: intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.
Marie

George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd.
Sam Harris

Most people can`t bear to sit in church for an hour on Sundays. How are they supposed to live somewhere very similar to it for eternity?
Mark Twain

Without death, the influence of faith-based religion would be unthinkable. Clearly, the fact of death is intolerable to us, and faith is little more than the shadow cast by our hope for a better life beyond the grave.
Sam Harris

The finality of death is the coldest truth one must face. Religion makes the perfect distraction.
unknown

The Bible – A Fairytale book of rules brainwashing millions. Obliviously used to help create war, kill, hate, judge and discriminate.
unknown

We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don`t stand up to experimentation, Buddha`s own words must be rejected.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, 1988

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power but absolute power is corrupt only in the hands of the absolutely faithful.
unknown

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason: The Morning Daylight appears plainer when you put out your Candle.
Benjamin Franklin

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus…will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
Thomas Jefferson

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
Stephen Roberts

Religion was good for one thing. It provided a reason for humans to have morals, now that we know religion is not that reason, it can go away.
Dustin Rgnonti

I look forward to the day the cross sits discarded beside the swastika as just another reminder of the dangers of blind faith.
Craig Smith

Anything which can, or which is meant to be, interpreted individually, as is the Bible an all other holy literature, cannot be held for any measure of intrinsic or empirical value.
Adam Terrio

The bible is not my book nor Christianity my religion, I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma.
Abraham Lincoln

An atheist doesn`t have to be someone who thinks he has a proof that there can`t be a god. He only has to be someone who believes that the evidence on the God question is at a similar level to the evidence on the werewolf question.
John McCarthy

The only reason Christians are not still burning each other is because the secular state stopped them.
Professor Simon Blackburn

All religions are ancient monuments to superstition, ignorance, ferocity; and modern religions are only ancient follies.
Baron D'Holbach

Jews bow their heads, Christians get down on their knees, Muslims get down on their knees with their asses in the air. Atheists hold their heads up proudly and kneel to no one and no thing.
unknown

Children are born atheist until they got infected by the disease of religion; like a virus, religion spreads...
unknown

Criticisms of religious teachings and practices may be ethical, theological, or philosophical but they are not racist.
unknown

No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
U.S. Constitution

Religions are there to close peoples minds. Schools exist to educate. Religions exist to indoctrinate.
Brian Williams

The most ardent of my wishes... to see the last of the kings strangled by the guts of the last priest.
Jean Meslier

Richard Dawkins has proven to be one of the most wicked human beings to ever walk the earth.
Pilgrim Baptist Church

Atheists are the new gays; in the closet and pretty much disqualified from public office.
Richard Dawkins

To debunk the whole of science on the back of a story passed down by some Iron Age goat-herders is just self
Neil Butcher

Babies die in ditches every day, yet God helps Hollywood stars win trophies.
Catherine Deveny

Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.
Thomas Jefferson

Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade the sphere of private life.
Viscount Melbourne

Give me a boy at the age of seven, and he will be mine for ever.
Ignatius of Loyola

Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of.
Mark Twain

I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.
Adolf Hitler

Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.
Voltaire

Europeans still take the Enlightenment seriously enough not to put it inside quote marks.
Roger Cohen

The Jews are a frightened people. Nineteen centuries of Christian love have broken their nerves.
Israel Zangwill

Public opinion is often wrong, mob opinion is almost always wrong, [and] religious opinion is wrong by definition.
Christopher Hitchens

What do you get if you cross an Atheist with a Jehovah's Witness? Someone who knocks on doors for no reason.
unknown

Is prayer more about satisfying the emotional needs of the person doing it than the needs of the person prayed for?
unknown

The God thought up by patriarchal goat herders is patriarchal... who would have thought it!
unknown

Religion has nothing to do with morality, and is all about power fuelled by superstition.
unknown

By definition nothing is considered sacred by an atheist.
unknown

Democratic institutions are, by definition, secular institutions. There is simply no other sustainable way.
Proinsias De Rossa MEP

The Jewish scriptures are perhaps the oldest historical record of systematic genocide.
unknown

There are rogues that pretend to be of a religion now! Well, all I say is, honest atheism for my money!
Thomas Otway

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence, from Jerusalem, of a lunatic asylum.
Havelock Ellis

Vatican officials will not accept that they are wrong about anything. Their task, after all, is to put other people right.
Andrew Brown

In no instance have the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
James Madison

It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Carl Sagan

For our values to have universal appeal, they must be rooted in our common humanity, not in the faiths that divide us.
Minette Marrin

The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
Denis Diderot

Born again? No, I am not. Excuse me for getting it right the first time.
Dennis Miller

You can't engage in a battle of reason with an unarmed man.
Hemant Mehta

If complexity necessitates a creator, wouldn't our creator also need a creator?
Rudis Muiznieks

The Vatican came out with a new rule. No surrogate mothers. Good thing they didn't make this rule before Jesus was born.
unknown

The religious tend to confuse ridicule with persecution, a common but narcissistic mistake.
unknown

If you're an Anglican you don't lose you're faith- you just can't remember where you left it.
Jeremy Hardy

It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover Truth, Reason and Morality.
Baron D'Holbach

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
unknown

To question faith-based beliefs and challenge religious people to justify their assertions is not unreasonable.
unknown

The Church doesn't do so badly, especially when, unlike other multinationals, she is exempt from corporate taxation.
unknown

The Catholic church's problem with secularism is how it has loosened their stranglehold on the masses.
unknown

If we can tell you what to do in the bedroom, we can certainly tell you what to do in the voting booth.
Reverend Gus Booth

The sense of spiritual relief, which comes from rejecting the idea of God as a supernatural being, is enormous.
Julian Huxley

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.
Saint Robert Bellarmine

Yes, I found religion. I found it to be completely worthless.
Lance Ogborn

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Joseph Conrad

The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.
Ferdinand Magellan

As an atheist, the question of ‘why are we here’ is meaningless to me. The point is that we ARE here. So enjoy it, for fuck’s sake.
@AtheistQ, Twitter

If you abandon Islam, the punishment is death. Boy, can you imagine if it wasn't a religion of peace and they really got upset about things!
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

Atheism is a position ON faith, not a position OF faith.
unknown

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
H. L. Mencken

If 'not believing in any god' requires faith, does that mean 'not believing your horoscope' also requires faith?
Andrew Young

I see atheism as the only logical position a person can take- I'll take truth over a comforting fairy tale any day of the week.
unknown

There is no such thing as 'the word of God'. There's only the word of man that it's the word of God.
unknown

Every new and successful example, therefore, of a perfect separation between the ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance; and I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together
James Madison

It would be very nice if there were a God who created the world and was a benevolent providence, and if there were a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very striking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be.
Sigmund Freud

Thus I came...to a deep religiosity, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of 12. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached a conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true....Suspicion against every kind of authority grew out of this experience...an attitude which has never left me.
Albert Einstein

Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing-- fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.
Bertrand Russell

The Christian faith from the beginning, is sacrifice: the sacrifice of all freedom, all price, all self-confidence of spirit; it is at the same time subjection, self-derision, and self-mutilation...
Friedrich Nietzsche

The book, called the Bible, is filled with passages equally horrible, unjust and atrocious. This is the book to be read in schools in order to make our children loving, kind and gentle! This is the book they wish to be recognized in our Constitution as the source of all authority and justice!
Robert G. Ingersoll

If all the historic books of the Bible were blotted from the memory of mankind, nothing of value would be lost...I do not see how it is possible for an intelligent human being to conclude that the Song of Solomon is the work of God, and that the tragedy of Lear was the work of an uninspired man.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The night of December 25, to which date the Nativity of Christ was ultimately assigned, was exactly that of the birth of the Persian savior Mithra, who, as an incarnation of eternal light, was born the night of the winter solstice (then dated December 25) at midnight, the instant of the turn of the year from increasing darkness to light.
Andrew Carnegie

God, Satan, Paradise, and Hell all vanished one day in my fifteenth year, when I quite abruptly lost my faith. [...]and afterwards, to prove my new-found atheism, I bought myself a rather tasteless ham sandwich, and so partook for the first time of the forbidden flesh of the swine. No thunderbolt arrived to strike me down. [...] From that day to this I have thought of myself as a wholly secular person.
Salman Rushdie

I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.
Daniel Boorstin

Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Paleontology shows a fossil sequence, the list of species represented changes through time. Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species. Evolution is the explanation that threads it all together. Creationism is the practice of squeeezing one's eyes shut and wailing "does not!
unknown

The Bible has been interpreted to justify such evil practices as, for example, slavery, the slaughter of prisoners of war, the sadistic murders of women believed to be witches, capital punishment for hundreds of offenses, polygamy, and cruelty to animals. It has been used to encourage belief in the grossest superstition and to discourage the free teaching of scientific truths. We must never forget that both good and evil flow from the Bible. It is therefore not above criticism.
Steve Allen

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
Richard Dawkins

They felt that science would be corrosive to religious belief and they were worried about it. Damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive to religious belief and it’s a good thing.
Steven Weinberg

People will then often say, ‘But surely it’s better to remain an Agnostic just in case?’ This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it. (If it turns out that I’ve been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would choose not to worship him anyway.)
Douglas Adams

Life is good. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid.
Marcus Aurelius

To have an invisible friend at the age of eight is charming and not a cause for concern. To have an invisible friend in adulthood is however a cause for concern and could be considered psychotic. So how exactly does giving them the name of a deity change that opinion?
Phil Slattery

If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT.
Frank Zappa

Certainly I see the scientific view of the world as incompatible with religion, but that is not what is interesting about it. It is also incompatible with magic, but that also is not worth stressing. What is interesting about the scientific world view is that it is true, inspiring, remarkable and that it unites a whole lot of phenomena under a single heading.
Richard Dawkins

Dressing up Christian ideas about God in language such as `an eternal and free agency` is nothing but the creation of a smokescreen of meaningless jargon in an attempt to make superstition appear sophisticated.
Edmund Standing

An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.
Madalyn Murray O`Hair

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
John Ruskin

Thus I came... to a deep religiosity, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of 12. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached a conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true... Suspicion against every kind of authority grew out of this experience... an attitude which has never left me.
Albert Einstein

When I was a kid I had an imaginary friend and I used to think that he went everywhere with me, and that I could talk to him and that he could hear me, and that he could grant me wishes and stuff. And then I grew up, and I stopped going to church.
Jimmy Carr

We cannot take biblical, particularly Old Testament, laws and demand that secular society be bound by them.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Islam is unable to endure criticism or change and is essentially at odds with European values.
Hirsi Ali

We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Richard Dawkins

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we do not like.
Oscar Wilde

If you're an Anglican you don't lose you're faith- you just can't remember where you left it.
Jeremy Hardy

Religion can distort people's moral sensibilities as much as it can inform them.
Simon Blackburn

It's fine to be a religion man. But if you get too much of the religion, you get out of your mind and do stupid things.
Murat Duka

The American right has succeeded in making 'family' a dirty word, synonymous with bigotry and intolerance.
unknown

Those who wish to base their morality literally on the Bible have either not read it or not understood it.
Bishop John Shelby Spong

It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover Truth, Reason and Morality.
Baron D'Holbach

Any religion that teaches there is only heaven or hell is gonna be a haven for manic-depressives.
unknown

Religious theme parks are unlikely to persuade anyone to take religion seriously!
unknown

Often a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other parts of the world, about the motions and orbits of the stars and even their sizes and distances, ...and this knowledge he holds with certainty from reason and experience. It is thus offensive and disgraceful for an unbeliever to hear a Christian talk nonsense about such things, claiming that what he is saying is based in Scripture. We should do all that we can to avoid such an embarrassing situation, which people see as ignorance in the Christian and laugh to scorn.
St. Augustine

“For people with God on their side, monotheists are a touchy lot. . . . In Exodus, Moses gets the tribe of Levi to go with ‘sword at side’ and massacre 3,000 calf-worshippers. And we are supposed to celebrate such a violation of the freedom to worship? . . . Why are they so touchy? The problem is partly that all monotheisms are, by their nature, anti-pluralistic. They’ve got the one true God, and the very latest valid version of his thoughts. It is asking a lot of monotheisms to coexist with other faiths and views. Paganism, on the other hand, is much better suited to modern ideas of tolerance and human rights. Under polytheism you can choose your own god overtly.
Edward Abbey

After the horrid day in Oslo, it is undeniable: political religion has taken hold, even in allegedly secular Europe
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey

Within the clerical system the repentant priest-abuser is easily forgiven- repeatedly- by the power of absolution.
Richard Sipe

Celibacy is the issue Rome is trying desperately to keep out of the debate.
Father Tony Flannery

I believe that dictatorship in our Islamic countries is the product of Islamic teaching.
Wafa Sultan

We atheists do not require any priests, or any hierarchy above them, to police our doctrine
Christopher Hitchens

I've never been a fan of the 'my God is better than your God' playground stance which divides so much of the world.
Sandi Toksvig

People are bursting out of the closet, rejecting their parents' wishes to keep the faith. Atheism is becoming mainstream.
Kevin Smith

Christians in the UK claiming they are persecuted usually translates as 'I am not getting preferential treatment'
unknown

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
Voltaire

Religion is culture. Culture is malleable. And it is transmitted most powerfully by way of the socialization of children.
Burt Likko

Inculcating the various competing falsehoods of the major faiths into small children is a form of child abuse, and a scandal
A.C. Grayling

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.
E. M. Forster

History, sadly, provides no shortage of individuals who are quick to resort to violence in defense of their faith.
Robert Boston

I utterly rejected the notion that our lives should me controlled by celibate men, who had no concept of being married.
Lisa Shields

There is something terrifying about voting for someone who accepts things on faith without any evidence whatsoever.
Matthew Chapman

Which two nations still reserve places in their parliaments for unelected religious clerics? The answer is Iran... and Britain
Johann Hari

Everything of value that people get from religion can be had more honestly, without presuming anything on insufficient evidence
Sam Harris

You can call the laws of science 'God' if you like, but it wouldn't be a personal God you could meet, and ask questions
Stephen Hawking

It's important to distinguish between the world as we know it and the world as we would like it to be.
Herb Silverman

The most important questions a human can ever ask must surely deserve the most convincing answers, not simply the most comforting?
unknown

An atheist doesn't call what is beyond his intelligence and knowledge a 'god', he views it as a place to explore and learn.
unknown

There are now 22 million ex-Catholics in America, by far the greatest net loss for any religious body.
John L. Allen Jr

The tendency to cling on to our beliefs, in the face of disconfirming evidence is often a real and dangerous problem.
Andrew Brown

People are fed up with religion. The bar-room talk is that it causes too much trouble in the world.
Rev. Ian Gregory

The abuse scandal and the poor response from the Vatican seemed to have sealed the fate of Catholicism in Ireland.
Anne M. Burke

Faith fills the gaps by appealing to the mysterious rather than the known, operating as a kind of epistemological poly
Faye Davies

Why is it that in 2011 it is still taboo, a social oddity, to raise children free from religion?
Jayanti Tamm

The time has come to rise up against the unthinking, immoral acts that are brought about by religious views
Victor Stenger

Ireland is the first country to bring the force of its federal government to bear against the [Catholic] church.
Russell Shorto

There is no one in the Vatican who has had more information about sex abuse of clergy than Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI)
Richard Sipe

Religious hospitals would jeopardize their patients' lives rather than perform a medically necessary abortion.
Nancy Northup

Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn't know.
Ricky Gervais

It is high time for the secular nature of the European project to be reemphasised. Europe doesn't do God.
Sophie in 't Veld

The most frequent abortion is done by nature. Or, if you take a theological view, by God.
unknown

Religion has always had a very healthy attitude to free speech: those that practice it don't stay healthy for long.
unknown

The old interweaving of religious and worldly authority still makes itself felt in many countries today.
Sophie in 't Veld

Smallpox vaccination was flatly prohibited in the territories of central Italy controlled by the Pope until he was deposed.
Luis Granados

Being a scientist and staring immensity and eternity in the face every day is as grand and inspiring as it gets
Carolyn Porco

Having their [religious] metaphors taken literally is an occupational hazard for scientists
Julian Baggini

Catholic priests are dying of AIDS at a rate at least four times that of the general U.S. population.
Judy L. Thomas

Even those theologians who believe in the same God seem incapable of agreeing with each other on trivial points of doctrine
Duncan Jones

Britain is now the most irreligious country on earth. This island has shed superstition faster than anywhere else.
Johann Hari

The greatest enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, continued and dishonest but the myth
John F. Kennedy

Playing God in the lives of others has become an American value in its own right
Hannah Shtein

Christianity may be a peaceful religion these days but a few hundred years ago it was as violent and bigoted as Islam is now.
unknown

A four-year-old is no more a Christian than he is a member of the Postal Worker's Union
Marcus Brigstocke

Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we're just making him madder and madder!
Homer Simpson

No person is free to exercise control over another's life in the name of religion
Megan Fraley

Atheism has never been any sort of 'belief'. Never has been, never will be. Disbelief isn't any kind of 'belief'.
unknown

To believe in any form of God requires what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called a 'willing suspension of disbelief'
Jon Meacham

If 'faith' was based on evidence then it would be called 'knowledge'. It isn't because it isn't.
unknown

The overwhelming evidence at trial established that intelligent design is a religious view
Federal Judge John E. Jones

Fanaticism and extremism are monsters that slumber in the belly of faith. When they awake it has no means of stopping them.
Simon Morris

Ask enough tough questions and faith is inevitably pushed farther and farther back into the misty realm of metaphor
Johann Hari

The author of John explicitly says he is not writing history or biography in the sense the modern world thinks of such genres
Jon Meacham

In democratic public life, individuals must account for their beliefs and will inevitably be criticised for them
Ronan McCrea

We Muslims who live in the West are constantly reminded of the rights we enjoy under secular parliamentary democracies.
Tarek Fatah

Saudi Arabia accounts for 90% of expenditures on Islamic religious education worldwide
Alex Mayer

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government
Thomas Jefferson

The reason Europeans often associate Islam with violence is that Islam is often associated with violence.
Douglas Murray

The global non-religious rose from a few million in 1900 to a billion in 2000. No religion has grown with such rapidity
Gregory Paul

Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason
Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Supporters of intelligent design think that if they see something they don't understand, it must be God
Professor Steve Jones

It's interesting how religion tends to corrupt genuine humility. I'll take equality over any form of humility
unknown

The post-Christian narrative is radically different; it offers spirituality without binding authority
R. Albert Mohler Jr.

Hungry and ignorant people are much easier to control than those who live in light and comfort
Emer O'Kelly

Young Americans taken as a whole are the least religious and most culturally tolerant age group in the nation
G. Paul ' P. Zuckerman

Faith is the ultimate product of deadly serious conditioning, a helpless child being the subject
unknown

The Anglican Church, at this time is almost obsessed with questions of human sexuality
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Atheism is a rejection of theism as an explanation of our existence in the universe- it is not an alternative explanation.
Dr David Shaw

As an agnostic, dyslexic insomniac I lie awake night after night wondering if there is a Dog.
Unknown author

The term atheos (a- means without; theos means god or gods) can be found in antiquity.
Jon Meacham

Why did God stop performing miracles on a large scale a couple of months after the first Pentecost?
Jon Meacham

Discarding Christianity is intellectually easy, though it might be disagreeable emotionally.
Andrew Alexander

No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor- but they have few followers now.
Arthur C. Clarke

Emperor Constantine, used Christian orthodoxy as a club with which to enforce political control of his vast empire.
James P. Carroll

If God is mysterious, ineffable, and unknowable then the only thing we can say with certainty is that he shares my opinions.
unknown

The religious discrimination on which the education system rests [in Ulster] is illegal at work
Philip O'Sullivan

When the word 'Christian' is used today, the broad movement it defines owes as much to Constantine as it does to Jesus.
James P. Carroll

For religious people, atheism is spiritual suicide. For atheists, religion is intellectual suicide.
unknown

Religious answers are dogmatic and purportedly final, based on a mishmash of tradition, myth, prejudice and ignorance.
unknown

Losing your faith is a lot like losing your virginity; you don't realize how irritating it was until it's gone.
unknown

The growth of Muslim faith schools runs the risk of undermining the coherence of British society.
David Bell, Chief inspector of schools

The term 'militant atheists' is a vain attempt to make atheists appear dangerous and a threat to a moral society.
unknown

Fundamentalists in all three of the Abrahamic faiths are convinced the secularist establishment wants to wipe them out.
Karen Armstrong

Christians, it is needless to say, utterly detest each other. They slander each other constantly with the vilest forms of abuse.
Celsus

Charles Darwin, a respectable Victorian, probably did more damage to religious faith than any priest-hating revolutionary.
The Economist

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.
George Burns

Support for same-sex marriage is directly related to the proportion of Catholics in a given state. Way to go, bishops!
Mark Silk

How on earth can religious people believe in so much arbitrary, clearly invented balderdash?
Kurt Vonnegut

British Christians yearn to be martyrs, but frankly atheists are a pretty toothless substitute for lions.
Polly Toynbee

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Oscar Wilde

The entire thrust of my position is that Christian theology is a non-subject. Vacuous. Devoid of coherence or content.
Richard Dawkins

No impunity should be awarded when criminal acts which infringe on the human rights of others are given a religious label.
Asma Jahangir

Let religion compete in the marketplace for ideas, not seek shelter behind special privileges.
The Economist

There's no blasphemy among free nations, only orthodoxy and those who seek to challenge it.
Jonathan Turley

Surely anyone who feels that sexuality is a choice must be bisexual? I have never seen a response from evangelists on this point
unknown

Islam will not change its policy on apostasy until, like Christianity, it is forced to by a loss of political power.
unknown

Christianity is the worst example of guilt trip parenting ever!
unknown

In the beginning, man created God.
Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign

It makes no sense that a god could create a human being and then take all the credit for its achievements.
unknown

The term Islamophobia is as silly as Naziphobia. Phobia means irrational fear, my fear of Islam is not irrational!
Anna Doe

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith. I consider the capacity for it terrifying.
Kurt Vonnegut

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Richard Dawkins

What we are witnessing is not the resurgence of religion, but its death throes.
A.C. Grayling

Those who wish to base their morality literally on the Bible have either not read it or not understood it.
Bishop John Shelby Spong

[The Bible] has noble poetry in it, and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.
Mark Twain

Religions are there to close peoples minds. Schools exist to educate. Religions exist to indoctrinate.
Brian Williams

In the long run, nothing can withstand reason and experience, and the contradiction religion offers to both is palpable.
Sigmund Freud

How can we trust a religion that has advocated slavery and the subjugation of women throughout history?
Perry Marshall

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw

20 years for translating the Qur'an is nothing compared to what William Tyndale got for translating the New Testament.
unknown

God is a figment of someone else’s imagination.
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Religion is now a post-modern relativistic shape-shifting spectre, able to take the shape of any individual's mental inadequacies.
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Subsidised religion has seldom made sense for either state or church: witness Europe's empty pews.
The Economist

The idea that there is any book 'wherein is no doubt' is insulting as well demonstrably untrue.
Douglas Murray

How can any rational, educated man, in his sixtieth decade, possibly convert to Rome, as Blair seems to have done?
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To the men of religion, women's lives simply do not matter: 'respect for life' never ever means 'respect for a woman's life.'
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So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
Bertrand Russell

The church lives on because it withholds the results of research into the historical Jesus.
Hans Conzelmann

Democratic institutions should not be subject to the dictates of a celibate, autocratic and secretive caste.
Tom Hayes

I started thinking about it and asking more questions, and within an hour, I was an atheist.
Ricky Gervais

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
Chapman Cohen

Churches should be championing social justice and equality for all in education, not privileging their own.
Professor Chris Rowland

Religious beliefs and doctrines will always be in potential conflict with forms of law that evolve with social attitudes.
Janet Daley

There are hundreds of millions who believe the Messiah has come. If he did, then it is unfortunately the case that his heroic sacrifice and death have had no effect whatsoever on the very problem his coming might have been expected to address, for history demonstrates, beyond question, that we Christians have been just as dangerous, singly and en masse, as non-Christians.
Steve Allen

If you believe a god helped you get a new job, you've got to question why he doesn't let some people have food.
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

If you can't work out that talking snakes aren't real, then that's a reason to be angry at the people who brought you up, not me.
@Atheist_Tweeter, Twitter

Women's reproductive rights are used as a trading chip in power battles, be they of a political or a moral order.
Kate Allen

Religion exists because too many people would rather be led than lead.
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When was the last time that an atheist knocked on your door and asked you if you had allowed Darwin into your life?
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Atheism is nothing more than the sounds people make when in the presence of unjustified dogma. It's just reason in action
Sam Harris

We are afraid of the known and afraid of the unknown. That is our daily life and in that there is no hope, and therefore every form of philosophy, every form of theological concept, is merely an escape from the actual reality of what is. All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.
Thomas Jefferson

There is no divine visitation which is likely to have so general an influence upon sinners as an earthquake.
John Wesley

The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles.
John Adams

My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.
Abraham Lincoln

Secularism is a religion, a religion that is understood. It has no mysteries, no mumblings, no priests, no ceremonies, no falsehoods, no miracles, and no persecutions. It considers the lilies of the field, and takes thought for the morrow. It says to the whole world, Work that you may eat, drink, and be clothed; work that you may enjoy; work that you may not want; work that you may give and never need.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?
Carl Sagan

Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race; a necessary stage in the transition from childhood to maturity.
Sigmund Freud

What we've got to get much better at is promoting a framework for morality which is not dependent on Judeo-Christian values
Max Hastings

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?
Richard Dawkins

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
Isaac Asimov

I believe that as a people we can achieve great things. We can further advance in medical science through stem cell research (religion holds us back). We want to prevent the spread of mass disease (religion holds us back). There are just lists and lists of things that I can name where religion holds society back. I personally want to make the world a better place without reward after death. A good deed in and of itself is a reward.
Jay

I would argue that those who see god in everything are the ones who have a problem seeing life`s true value. They`re not able to see the enormous beauty in the immense improbability of our very existence. If god created us all for a purpose, we`re just doing a job, pawns in his cosmic game. But if we just happen be be here by random chance, then the lives we have are truly something to value, enjoy, and celebrate.
Raabco

I believe in God... just in case. It's like there's some list somewhere and you don't want to be on it. I don't want to say THERE'S NO GOD! and then die and say, Oh, Hi... Is there some kind of community service I can do?
Mark Maron

It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it
Albert Einstein

Can You Handle The Truth?: If you allow the church to decide your morality–the church, the same frauds who caused the Dark Ages, Holy Wars, Inquistions, witch hangings and burnings, the same racketeers who spawn pedophilia in their own house, those oh so loving and caring “children of god” who detest every other religion, every homosexual, every Agnostic or Atheist, every free-thinker and every person who will not knuckle under to their virulent fist–then you are as inane, hypocritical and delusional as they are.
Baron von Knifty

Poverty, ignorance, hopelessness and bad governance have driven many Africans to religious insanity, absurdity and extremism.
Leo Igwe

Scriptures are the product of human hands and hearts, and have been translated and copied for generations upon generations
Jon Meacham

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
Carl Sagan

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
Sigmund Freud

Religion is a virus sustained by fear, gullibility and a tendency to believe ones elders. Rationality is the vaccine.
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Don’t believe in a news, just because you have heard it. Don’t believe in a tradition, just because it has been done through generations. Don’t believe in something, just because it has been talked about and rumored by many people. Don’t believe in something, just because it has been written in holy books. Don’t believe in something, just because it has been taught by teachers or elders. But after making observations and in depth analyses, you found out that the issues being talked about are in accordance with good and useful reason, then it is not disgraceful if the things are continued which will bring forth happiness, that is why, it is proper that you will receive it and live according to the said principles.
Anguttara Nikaya

I'm the world's least happy atheist. I miss having religious faith, but trying to have it seems like trying to be in love with someone that you're not in love with.
Lisa Williams

The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all.
Mary Malone

In a way, I think religion is to be admired for asking the right questions. I just think it's got the wrong answers.
Richard Dawkins

But God does not perform trivial miracle's just to answer your faith, so why does Jesus walk on water, afraid to get his clothes wet?
John Kelly Ireland

The Vatican doesn't do dialogue. The pope speaks and you listen. And then you do as you're told.
Terry Sanderson

To believe in any form of God requires, what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called a 'willing suspension of disbelief'
Jon Meacham

'There are no atheists in foxholes' isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes.
James Morrow

'In God We Trust.' I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true.
Mark Twain

Once the masses started to read and understand what was in the Bible we started to see the Church's power crumble.
Alan Lewis

Religious lobbies must be subject to the same rules on transparency that apply to all other lobbies
Sophie in 't Veld

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.
Isaac Asimov

The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth, that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God's empire but it is not the immutable universal law. Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and removing a diseased religion and making way for truth.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If God is love, and if God is also omnipresent, then the Devil cannot exist. If the Devil exists, God cannot be love and also be omnipresent. Yet, an omnipresent God of love and the Devil are both said to exist. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure that there is something wrong here!
Rev. Donald Morgan

Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that. Revealed faith is not harmless nonsense, it can be lethally dangerous nonsense. Dangerous because it gives people unshakeable confidence in their own righteousness. Dangerous because it gives them false courage to kill themselves, which automatically removes normal barriers to killing others. Dangerous because it teaches enmity to others labelled only by a difference of inherited tradition. And dangerous because we have all bought into a weird respect, which uniquely protects religion from normal criticism. Let's now stop being so damned respectful!
Richard Dawkins

To live without god beliefs is intellectually stimulating. To find one's own purpose and be responsible for one's own life is exciting. To be free of the imagined surveillance of good and evil spirits is liberating. To seek a peaceful world through work and friendship and civic action is life-affirming.
Marie Alena Castle

People have suffered and become insane for centuries by the thought of eternal punishment after death. Wouldn't it be better to depend on blind matter (...) than by a god who puts out traps for people, invites them to sin, and allows them to sin and commit crimes he could prevent. Only to finally get the barbarian pleasure to punish them in an excessive way, of no use for himself, without them changing their ways and without their example preventing others from committing crimes.
Baron d`Holbach

It's amazing how often the voice of God (to political leaders) sounds very much like their own.
Susan Jacoby

Why isn't god as sociable as he used to be in the bible. I mean back then he used to show up for every genocide and baby massacre. Nowadays you hardly ever see him anymore...well, except for those times where he's appears to attention-starved old catholic ladies in the form of a god-shaped lasagne or jesus' face in a tortilla. Apart from that he never visits anymore.
Emile de Bergerac

I've learned why we have such a taboo about discussing religion. It's because most people aren't mature enough to do it.
Perry Marshall

Secularism isn't some sectarian Western view: it's the best route to combining liberty and social cohesion.
Oliver Kamm

An apple? Have you ever been tempted by an apple? I would have been like, 'cover it in caramel and come back to me'
Jim Gaffigan

When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn't a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self.
Brad Pitt

God is no incomprehensible, mysterious super-being. He's just every nasty little bigot's big brother.
David Dalby

What gods are there, what gods have there ever been, that were not from man's imagination?
Joseph Campbell

It's not God I worry about. It's the self-important, pompous, power-seeking old fossils who claim to speak for him.
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Holy books don't give women freedom of choice- they give them roles.
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I've begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It's there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There's no mystery, no one asks for money, I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to "God" are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate.
George Carlin

A few years ago we finally persuaded psychiatrists to remove homosexuality from the list of recognized disorders. Maybe it's time we started lobbying them to add belief in God to the list. Belief in an angry, intolerant one anyway. "I demand assurances that a given religion will not cause or potentiate mass homicidal psychosis or priestly pedophilia, before we let it indoctrinate helpless children and vulnerable adults. Bloodthirsty, authoritarian theology threatens Canada as much as tobacco, obesity and booze put together. It endangers out planet more than global warming, nuclear winter or rogue asteroids.
H. L. Mencken

It is interesting that every time God gives direct orders to anyone, it is always "Thou shalt kill.
Newsweek Magazine

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own" [Letter to H. Spafford, 1814].
Thomas Jefferson

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes" [Letter to von Humboldt, 1813].
Thomas Jefferson

The right's current and cynical obsession over abortion stems from the arbitrary invention that God is pro-life
Gregory Paul

Many Christians don't understand how much of our society panders to their unspoken power.
Jason Pitzl Waters

By one count there are some 700 scientists with respectable academic credentials (out of a total of 480,000 U.S. earth and life scientists, less than 0.2%) who give credence to creation-science, the general theory that complex life forms did not evolve but appeared "abruptly.
Newsweek Magazine

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.
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If I gave you a hundred years to come up with a way to control the minds of millions of people, you`d probably come up with religion.
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The word 'millitant' is applied to the religious when they bomb and to atheists when they speak with non-deferential clarity.
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Isn't it a remarkable coincidence almost everyone has the same religion as their parents? And it always just happens to be the right religion. Religions run in families. If we'd been brought up in ancient Greece we would all be worshipping Zeus and Apollo. If we had been born Vikings we would be worshipping Wotan and Thor.
Richard Dawkins

There has long been a stigma against atheism. The recent attacks on so called 'New Atheism' is just a pitiful extension.
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