Christianity persecuted, tortured, and burned. Like a hound it tracked the very scent of heresy. It kindled wars, and nursed furious hatreds and ambitions. It sanctified, quite like Mohammedanism, extermination and tyranny...
-George Santayana (1863-1952)
We'd be so hypocritical against our own thoughts if we said, ok, well let's not make fun of them [Muslims], because they might hurt us, like, that's messed up to have that kind of a thought process. OK, we'll rip on the Catholics because they won't hurt us, but we won't rip on them because they might hurt us.
-Trey Parker (b. 1969)
It took me years, but letting go of religion has been the most profound wake up of my life. I feel I now look at the world not as a child, but as an adult. I see what's bad and it's really bad. But I also see what is beautiful, what is wonderful. And I feel so deeply appreciative that I am alive. How dare the religious use the term 'born again'. That truly describes freethinkers who've thrown off the shackles of religion so much better!
-Julia Sweeney (b. 1961)
The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours - and I think probably gave me many nightmares.
-Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)