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Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts 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
Edward Gibbon Edward Gibbon "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." [adapted]
Richard Jeni Richard Jeni You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend
Epicurus Epicurus 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?
unknown Don't pray in my school, and I won't think in your church
Emo Philips Emo Philips When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions
Unknown Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer
Sam Harris Sam Harris 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.
George Bernard Shaw 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
George Carlin George Carlin Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man -- living in the sky -- who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do.. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! ..But He loves you... and HE NEEDS MONEY!
Gene Roddenberry Gene Roddenberry 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
Anguished English -- student blooper Anguished English -- student blooper There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell 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
Unknown Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
Steven Weinberg Steven Weinberg With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
unknown 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
Doug McLeod Doug McLeod I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence
Carl Sagan Carl Sagan You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep-seated need to believe.
George Weinberg George Weinberg Man created God in his image : intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.
Unknown "If god doesn't like the way I live, Let him tell me, not you."
Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
Delos B. McKown Delos B. McKown The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike
Carl Sagan Carl Sagan Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence
Bumper sticker You keep believing, I'll keep evolving
Ferdinand Magellan Ferdinand Magellan 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
Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.
John Adams, 2nd President of the United States John Adams, 2nd President of the United States The Government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian religion.
Albert Einstein Albert Einstein 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
Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon Bonaparte Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet
Voltaire Voltaire Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities
Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason
Justin Brown Justin Brown An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that 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
unknown People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs
Giulian Buzila Giulian Buzila History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god.
Justin Brown Justin Brown If the Bible is mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust it to tell us where we're going?
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.
Gustaf Lindborg Gustaf Lindborg The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail
Robert A. Heinlein Robert A. Heinlein Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?
William Drummond William Drummond He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave
Robert G. Ingersoll Robert G. Ingersoll As people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers
Unknown Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.
Coral Yoshi So you really think that God would plant a bunch of bones in the earth to test your faith? Either you're in denial or God has some serious self-esteem issues.
Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei 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
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, 1988 Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, 1988 We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don't stand up to experimentation, Buddha's own words must be rejected.
H. L. Mencken H. L. Mencken 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
Russian Proverb Pray to God, fine; but keep rowing to shore.
Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it.
Arthur C. Clarke Arthur C. Clarke I would defend the liberty of consenting adult creationists to practice whatever intellectual perversions they like in the privacy of their own homes; but it is also necessary to protect the young and innocent.
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Gregarious Gregarious There is NO Freedom of Religion without Freedom from Religion.
Gregarious Gregarious The rights of the minority should never be subject to the whims of the majority.
Gregarious Gregarious The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
Ludwig Wittgenstein Ludwig Wittgenstein If you choose to live a religious life, it mustn't be that you talk a lot about your religion, and especially not proselytize about it and force your beliefs on others, but simply accept that your manner of life is different from those with whom your views are not shared. It is only if you have an open mind, try to be helpful to other people, and are open to constructive dialog, will you in the end help each other find the “Truth”.
Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins Religion is a pernicious and malicious distraction from true education and edification.
Gregarious Gregarious There are two kinds of people who don’t say much: Those who are quiet and Those who talk a lot.
Gregarious Gregarious Hey Guys: Try to use proper grammar in your comments. It's embarrassing for Atheists to be seen as unlearned. They'll use it against us. We know that most religionists are uneducated and ignorant about reality. Let's not get into the swamp with them. We are better than that!
One other critique: Try not to personalize your comments but think at a macro level that represents all Atheists. No one really cares about what you think personally. It's "WE" not "I". You're speaking philosophically, attacking religion, on behalf of the entire Atheist community. Thanks.
Acid Krtiana Acid Krtiana It certainly wasn't praying to God that made the atomic bomb.
Acid Krtiana Acid Krtiana Here's what I said on one of my pen accounts:

"My family was mainly atheist (still is). I sadly only lived with my mother, though I would have loved to have my father in my life.

Anyway, my mother was atheist, and even though she let us develop our own political ideas and thoughts, she leaned more toward raising us atheist. And I'm glad.

My brother is an atheist.

Both I and my brother are agnostic atheists, which means that while we do know that it's a bit impossible to know for sure if God exists or not (lately I'm turning more towards it is possible to know), neither of us believes God is real.

My sister identifies more as agnostic, though she would rather say no religious or irreligious identity. However, while she most often believes God isn't real, if you say the wrong thing, she starts to believe. And there's nothing wrong with her--she's a normal person. It's just that she's easily influenced.

And it does make a little sense. Men tend to be more atheist while women more religious. I only hope that as we get more atheists (especially in the younger generation), women (or girls, depending on age) will join our ranks more.

Cause, currently, about 7 out of 10 atheists are male (at least in the US).

Luckily, the youngest generation (I don't mean Gen Alpha right now, I mean Gen Z), is the least religious generation: there are over twice as many Gen Z atheists as adult atheists, more atheists than agnostics (in adult generations the number of atheists and agnostics are about the same), and even the religious ones don't care about religion as much.

Another thing I noticed is how there is mostly religious people in the oldest generation, and most had some sort of religious or irreligious identity. Gen X had the least number of those with some form of religious or irreligious identity (if I remember correctly). If you take a look at Gen Z, you can see that more than Gen X and Millennials have some sort of religious or irreligious identity, except instead of leaning toward religion, they're leaning toward irreligion.

We are in the middle of a shift in history. Remember this."
Acid Krtiana Acid Krtiana "God isn't real."

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