I never agree with that foolish statement that I ought to respect the views of others when I believe them to be wrong."
— Chapman Cohen, "ATHEIST is really a thoroughly honest, unambiguous term; it admits of no paltering and of no evasion, and the need of the world, now as ever, is for clear-cut issues and unambiguous speech."
— Chapman Cohen"There is no god higher than truth."
— Mahatma Ghandi"Free thought means fearless thought.
Jeanine Diller (2016) points out that, justas most theists have a particular concept of God in mind when theyassert that God exists, most atheists have a particular concept of Godin mind when they assert that God does not exist. Indeed, manyatheists are only vaguely aware of the variety of concepts of God thatthere are. For example, there are the Gods of classical andneo-classical theism: the Anselmian God, for instance, or, moremodestly, the all-powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly goodcreator-God that receives so much attention in contemporary philosophyof religion. There are also the Gods of specific Western theisticreligions like Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism, which may ormay not be best understood as classical or neo-classical Gods. Thereare also panentheistic and process theistic Gods, as well as a varietyof other God-concepts, both of Western and non-Western origin, thatare largely ignored by even the most well-informed atheists.(Philosophically sophisticated theists, for their part, often act asif refuting naturalism establishes the existence of the particularsort of God in which they believe.) Diller distinguishes localatheism, which denies the existence of one sort of God, from globalatheism, which is the proposition that there are no Gods of anysort—that all legitimate concepts of God lack instances.
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Its verdict against Galileo was rational and just."
— Paul Feyerabend, quoted in 1990 by Cardinal Ratzinger, who would become pope in 2005"In a world wounded by conflicts, where violence is justified in God's name, it's important to repeat that religion can never become a vehicle of hatred, it can never be used in God's name to justify violence."
— Pope Benedict XVI, 10/22/2007"Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
— Pope Benedict XVI, quoting a 14th century Byzantine emperor, 2006"To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy."
— Pope Francis, 2014"Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom."
— Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate, 12/06/2007"I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards."
— Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate, 1/14/2008"The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship..."
— Boy Scouts of America policy, 1970"Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity.
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"The Necessity of Atheism and Other Essays " features five anti-religious tracts by Shelley: "On Christianity "The Necessity of Atheism" (which resulted in the youthful Shelley's expulsion from Oxford in 1811 "On Life "On a Future State and "A Refutation of Deism.").
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1800"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), from the , which warns, among other things, that if we don't use the Liberty to hold and express our own religious opinions, even if out of the fear of reprisal, then we rightly forfeit that Liberty"The [United States Constitutional] Convention, except for three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary."
— Benjamin Franklin"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
— Benjamin Franklin"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible.
Introduction. Wollstonecraft, Mary. 1792. The Rights of …
182"We experience happiness and suffering ourselves; we encounter others in the world and recognize that they experience happiness and suffering as well; we soon discover that 'love' is largely a matter of wishing that others experience happiness rather than suffering; and most of us come to feel that love is more conducive to happiness, both our own and that of others, than hate.