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| With the religious climate we have
these days in America, these people would have little chance of becoming one of
our Presidents. Never mind their talent, they are all
non-religious, so that's it! ....
Larry King, Marlon Brando, Andy Rooney, Ingmar Bergman, Jack Nicholson, Jodie
Foster, Marvin Minsky, Francis Crick, Dick Cavett, Richard Leakey,
... Plus the ones referenced below. For
a longer list, please visit the sites indicated above.
|I did not subscribe to my family's
religion. Even at a young age I was too mathematical, too logical, to make
the leap of faith. I adopted my father's ethical underpinnings, but not
his belief in an unseen divinity -Warren
||A poster to Oracle's message
board reports that Ellison says he's an atheist in his book The
Difference Between God and Larry Ellison : God Doesn't Think He's Larry
|All thinking men are atheists....Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name.
Thy kingdom nada, thy will be nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily
nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us into nada but deliver
us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee. -Ernest
Hemingway, American author.
||The Bible is full of interest. It has noble poetry in
it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good
morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.... Our
Bible reveals to us the character of our god with minute and remorseless
exactness... It is perhaps the most damnatory biography that exists in print
anywhere. It makes Nero an angel of light and leading by contrast...
is believing something you know ainít true... A man is accepted into a
church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows... I
cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be
religious -- unless he purposely shut the eyes of his mind and keep them shut
by force.... If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be --
a Christian... If there is a God, he is a malign thug. -Samuel
Clemens "Mark Twain", American author and humorist
My view is that if there is no evidence for it, then
forget about it. An agnostic is somebody who doesn't believe in something until
there is evidence for it, so I'm agnostic. -Carl Sagan,
American astronomer and author
Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel
and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than
half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word
of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served
to corrupt and brutalize mankind....All national institutions of churches,
whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human
inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and
-Thomas Paine, American revolutionary.
Religion is all bunk....I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul....
No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is
wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life -- our desire to go on living -- our
dread of coming to an end. -Thomas Edison, American inventor.
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,
Creator of Star Trek.
By the year 2000, we will, I hope, raise our children
to believe in human potential, not God. -Gloria Steinam,
women's rights activist.
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, Russian-born American author.
| I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific
elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in. There's a
lot of merit in the moral aspects of religion....In terms of doing things I
take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I
don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite
valid.-Bill Gates, CEO of
||If something is in me which can be called religion than it
is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science
can reveal it... I cannot imagine a God who
rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled
after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty.
Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body,
although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous
Einstein, German-born American physicist.
||I donít believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good
citizen and you have solved the problem of life.
Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist
I turned to speak to God, about the world's despair. But to make bad matters
worse, I found God wasn't there... Forgive, O Lord, my little joke on Thee and
I'll forgive Thy great big one on me....I hold it to be the inalienable right of
anybody to go to hell in his own way. -Robert Frost, American
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment, to be called an
agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure...I
believe that religion is the belief in future life and in God. I donít believe
in either. I donít believe in God as I donít believe in Mother Goose.
-Clarence Darrow, American lawyer.
I wasn't raised Catholic, but I used to go to Mass with
my friends, and I viewed the whole business as a lot of very enthralling
hocus-pocus. There's a guy hanging upon the wall in the church, nailed to a
cross and dripping blood, and everybody's blaming themselves for that man's
torment, but I said to myself, 'Forget it. I had no hand in that evil. I have no
original sin. There's no blood of any sacred martyr in my hands. I pass on all of
this....I believe that all important matters have
to be settled here, not in the clouds somewhere after we kick off. -Billy
Joel, American musician
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet... Religion is
what keeps the poor from murdering the rich... All religions have been made by
men... -Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor
Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in
horror...Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody
religion that has ever infected the world.. Nothing can be more contrary to
religion and the clergy than reason and common sense...Doubt is not a pleasant
condition, but certainty is absurd...-Francois Marie Arouet
"Voltaire", French author and playwright
Religion is based . . . mainly on fear . . . 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. .
. . My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born
of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race....Fear is the parent
of cruelty, therefore it is no wonder if religion and cruelty have gone
hand-in-hand. -Bertrand Russell, British philosopher,
educator, mathemetician, and social critic.
History does not record anywhere or at any time a religion that has any
rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to
the unkonwn without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and
spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from
fiddling with it... Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proven
innocent. -Robert A. Heinlen, American
|Iím an atheist and thatís it. I believe
thereís nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each
other and do what we can for other people -Katherine
||By simple common-sense I donít believe in
God, in none -Charles Chaplin,
||If only God would give me
some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank.
To your I'm an atheist. To God, I'm the Loyal Opposition. How can I
believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of
an electric typewriter?.-Woody
Allen, Actor, Director, Writer.
It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create
him... Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have
been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing
people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?- Arthur
C. Clarke, author
That it is wrong for a man to say he is certain of the objective truth of a
proposition unless he can provide evidence which logically justifies that
certainty. This is what agnosticism asserts and in my opinion, is all that is
essential to agnosticism. -Thomas Henry Huxley, English
I'm glad some people have that faith. I don't have that faith. 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, Australian rock
The wretchedness of religion is at once an expression and a protest against
real wretchedness. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed
creature, the feeling of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of
unspiritual conditions. It is the opium of the people.The
social principles of Christianity preach cowardice, self-contempt, abasement,
submission, humility, in a word all the qualities of the canaille. -Karl
Marx, German economist and political philosopher.
O senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm and
yet will make Gods by the dozen! -Michel Eyqyem de Montaigne,
Faith means not wanting to know what is true...So long as the priest, that
professional negator, slanderer and poisoner of life, is regarded as a superior
type of human being, there cannot be any answer to the question: What is truth? ...The
Christian faith from the beginning, is sacrifice: the sacrifice of all freedom,
all pride, all self-confidence of spirit; it is at the same time subjection, a
self-derision, and self-mutilation...All religions bear traces of the fact that
they arose during the intellectual immaturity of the human race - before it had
learned the obligations to speak the truth. Not one of them makes it the duty of
its God to be truthful and understandable in his communications...The
most serious parody I have ever heard was this: In the beginning was nonsense,
and the nonsense was with God, and the nonsense was God...There is no devil and
no hell. Thy soul will be dead even sooner than thy body: fear therefore nothing
any more. -Freidrich Nietzsche, German philosopher.
|The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us, and I for one
must be content to remain an agnostic....For myself, I do not believe in any
revelation. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between
conflicting vague probabilities. -Charles Robert Darwin,
||The whole tradition Christian concept of life is false.
Throw those great Christian blinkers away and look around you, stand on
your own two feet and be a man. Sex plays an tremendous part in life.
Itís terrible to think we come into this world through some despicable
act. Donít believe all the tommy-rot the priests tell you; learn and
prove everything by your own experience.-Frederick
Delius, British composer (1862-1934)
|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...At present there is not a single credible established religion in the
world. -George Bernard Shaw,
Irish-born English playwright.
For the most part we inherit our opinions. We
are the heirs of habits and mental customs. Our beliefs, like the
fashion of our garments, depend on where we were born. We are molded and
fashioned by our surroundings. Environment is a sculptor -- a painter. If
we had been born in Constantinople, then most of us would have said: 'There is
no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.' If our parents had lived on the
banks of the Ganges, we would have been worshipers of Siva, longing for the
heaven of Nirvana. As a rule, children love their parents, believe what
they teach, and take great pride in saying that the religion of mother is good
enough for them... All who doubted or denied would be lost. To live a moral and
honest life -- to keep your contracts, to take care of wife and child -- to make
a happy home -- to be a good citizen, a patriot, a just and thoughtful man, was
simply a respectable way of going to hell. God did not reward men for being honest,
generous and brave, but for the act of faith. Without faith, all the so-called
virtues were sins. And the men who practiced these virtues, without faith,
deserved to suffer eternal pain. All of these comforting and reasonable things were
taught by the ministers in their pulpits -- by teachers in Sunday schools and by
parents at home. The children were victims. They were assaulted
in the cradle -- in their mother's arms. Then, the schoolmaster carried on the
war against their natural sense, and all the books they read were filled with
the same impossible truths. The poor children were helpless. The atmosphere they
breathed was filled with lies -- lies that mingled with their blood....The clergy know that I know that they know that they do
not know... A believer is a bird in a cage. A
freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing...
With soap, baptism is a good thing. -Robert G. Ingersoll,
American politician and lecturer.
It is fear that first brought Gods into the world. -Gallus Petronius,
1st Century Roman courtier
The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.
de Sade, French libertine.
To regard Christ as God, and to pray to him, are to my mind the greatest
possible sacrilege. -Leo Tolstoy, Russian revolutionary
I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I
cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am,
which is my life, the power to create. -Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch
|If God has spoken, why is the world not convinced.
Shelley, English poet.
||Neither in my private life nor in my writings, have I ever made a secret of
being an out-and-out unbeliever... Religion is comparable to a childhood
neurosis. -Sigmund Freud, German-born psychologist
called the "angel of death" for being a firm believer
of euthanasia, and the "right to die with dignity", just
as many of us are. He has been jailed accused by the Christian
Conservative American Inquisition of having committed homicides. To
many of us -watching in disbelieve- he is a martyr, who was
at the wrong time, in the wrong country... yes! ... the USA. (Juan
Morality is doing what is right no matter what you are
Religion is doing what you are told no matter what is right.