Theology: Best-Ever Quotes

By Dom Nozzi

The quotes found on this list represent the most profound, important, sacred cow-questioning statements I have ever come across. They may be unsettling or upsetting to many who read them. My hope is that they may turn on a lightbulb, as many of them did for me. We owe each of the authors a large debt of gratitude, as proclaiming these much-needed thoughts was often met with murderous rage and fear, and at times led to the death or banishment of the speaker. Death or banishment administered by those alleging to hold kind, loving, enlightened views.

Every great scientific truth passes through three states. First people say it conflicts with the Bible. Next, they say it has been discovered before. Lastly, they say they always believed it. – Jean Luis Agassiz

Humanists are a somewhat loosely organized group that exists for the primary purpose of civilizing Christians. – Steve Allen

(To his physician, who said, “General, I fear the angels are waiting for you”): Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well, goddam ’em, let ’em wait!  — Ethan Allen

When a man was a babe, his urges were tidal. To get what he wanted, he worshipped idols. When man was a child, he respected the rod in the hand of his father; and worshipped a god. When man was a man, doing what should be done, & loving his life, he worshipped no one. – Jim Austin

Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.  — Ambrose Bierce

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

Every great reform which has been effected has consisted, not in doing something new, but undoing something old.            — Buckle

Faith is believing in something nobody in his right mind would believe. – Archie Bunker

All my work has come about through a change in my earlier opinion of religion.   —  Luther Burbank

Why has a religious turn of mind always a tendency to narrow and harden the heart? — Robert Burns

Science has done more for the development of western civilization in 100 years than Christianity did in 1,800 years. – John Burroughs

It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative. – John Burroughs

The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever. – Herb Caen

The price we pay in seeking to force our beliefs on others is that someday they may force their beliefs on us. – Sal Cannell

If God created everything, he’s got a serious quality control problem. – George Carlin

There is not a doctrine, sacrament, or rite of Christianity which has not substantially formed part of earlier religions; & not a single phase of the supernatural history of the Christ, from his miraculous conception, birth, and incarnation, to his death, resurrection, and ascension, which has not had its counterpart in earlier mythologies. – W.R. Cassels

Those that say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those doing it. – Chinese Proverb

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

If there is a god, the only genuine friend he has is an atheist. He does not blame him for anything.   – Chapman Cohen

Persecution is the compliment paid by a threatened lie to a conquering truth. – Chapman Cohen

Religion is very enlightening — to those who don’t understand it.        – Chapman Cohen

The worst that one can say of the Christian clergyman today is that he actually believes what he teaches.– Chapman Cohen

Pornography-hunting is no more consistent with civilization than witch-hunting, to which it bears a close psychological resemblance. – Alec Craig

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. – Clarence Darrow

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom. – Clarence Darrow

I don’t believe in God, because I don’t believe in Mother Goose.        – Clarence Darrow

I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother, and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine. – Charles Darwin

Ignorance more often begets confidence than does knowledge. – Charles Darwin

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

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their “good” becomes indistinguishable from the evil they set out to destroy. – Christopher Dawson

From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step. – Denis Diderot

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

Where knowledge ends, religion begins.          — Benjamin Disraeli

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave. – Sir William Drummond

How wonderful the world might be if only we gave to each other all the love we claim to give to god. – John J. Dunphy

Religion is all bunk. – Thomas Alva Edison

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 egotism. — Albert Einstein

I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.          — Albert Einstein

Teachers of religion must give up the doctrine of a personal god.       — Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. — Albert Einstein

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.      — Havelock Ellis

What if there had been room at the Inn? – Linda Festa, on the origins of Christianity

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

Early in life I had to make the choice between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and I have seen no occasion to change since.  — FLW

Revealed religion has no weight with me. – Benjamin Franklin

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

The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.            – Sigmund Freud

When a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them, we need not be greatly surprised at the weakness of his intellect. – Sigmund Freud

When folks take religion seriously, trouble is going to follow. — David Fulton

I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations. – Galileo Galilee

I do not feel obligated to believe that same god who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect had intended for us to forgo their use. – Galileo Galilee

The ideas of theologians are refuted by their adversaries, the ideas of scientists are refuted by their followers. – Peter Gay

I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will. – Antonio Gramsci

The mass murders ordered by god, approved by god, or committed by god, according to scripture, take ten typeset pages just to list. – Ruth Green

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

In a world of superstition, reason is blasphemy. In a world of ignorance, facts are blasphemy. In a world of cruelty, sympathy is a crime.    — Robert Ingersoll

Do not trust those in whom the compulsion to punish is strong.          — Robert Ingersoll

Each nation has created a god, and the 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. Each god was intensely patriotic, and detested all nations but his own. — Robert Ingersoll

God improves as man advances.         — Robert Ingersoll

Heresy is a cradle; orthodoxy a coffin. — Robert Ingersoll

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 Ingersoll

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

Our ignorance is god; what we know is science.          — Robert Ingersoll

Religion has not civilized man — man has civilized religion. — Robert Ingersoll

The whip degrades; a severe father teaches his children to dissemble; their love is pretense, and their obedience a species of self-defense. Fear is the father of lies. — Robert Ingersoll

Theology is not what we know about god, but what we do not know about nature.    — Robert Ingersoll

Who can account for the fact, if we are to be saved only by faith in Christ, that Matthew forgot it, that Luke said nothing about it, and that Mark never mentioned it except in two passages written by another person.           — Robert Ingersoll

Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so. — Robert Ingersoll

The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself. — Robert Ingersoll

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

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

The Christian god is cruel, vindictive, capricious, and unjust. – Thomas Jefferson

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. – Thomas Jefferson

What excellent fools religion makes of men! – Ben Johnson

If we knew that god exists, such knowledge would make morality impossible. For, if we acted morally from fear or fright, or confident of a reward, then this would not be moral. It would be enlightened selfishness. – Immanuel Kant

Doing theology is like doing a jigsaw puzzle in which the verses of Scripture are the pieces: the finished picture is prescribed by each denomination, with a certain latitude allowed. What makes the game so pointless is that you do not have to use all the pieces, and that do not fit may be reshaped after pronouncing the words “this means.” – Walter Kaufmann

I have asked Cardinal Spellman how to deal with the question of the pope’s infallibility. And Cardinal Spellman said: ‘I don’t know what to tell you. All I can say is he keeps calling me Spillman.’ – John F. Kennedy

Imagine there’s no heaven; its easy if you try. No hell below us; above us only sky. Imagine all the people, living for today.  — John Lennon

Every steeple that rises above a church is a dagger thrust into the heart of humanity. – Joseph Lewis

The bible is not my book, nor Christianity my profession. – Abraham Lincoln

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.  – Abraham Lincoln

The churches used to win their arguments against atheism, agnosticism, and other burning issues by burning the ismist, which is fine proof that there is a devil but hardly evidence that there is a God.  – Ben Lindsey

Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.         — James Russell Lowell

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

What has been Christianity’s fruits? Superstition, bigotry, and persecution. — James Madison

The Church says the earth is flat; but I have seen it’s shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the Church. – Magellan

Certainty is the state of ignorance which has yet to recognize itself. – Tyron Mannda

There is no sin but ignorance. – Christopher Marlowe

…The first round of the war to define morality in America has been lost. Think about it. Millions of otherwise reasonable Americans now believe it’s more immoral to say “fuck” than it is to let 13 million children go to bed hungry every night; more immoral to watch sex in a movie than to let people die of AIDS; more immoral to see a murder on TV than to bomb Bhagdad. – Dave Marsh

We live always under the weight of the old and odious customs of our barbarous ancestors. – Guy de Maupassant

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument. – William Bibbs McAdoo

The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature. The one retreats as the other advances.     — Joseph McCabe

It can take greater courage to stand in opposition to the views of your neighbors or nation than to confront an enemy in combat. – George McGovern

For every complex and difficult problem, there is an answer that is simple, easy, and wrong.  – H.L. Mencken

The motive of fear is the be-all and end-all of religion.           – H.L. Mencken

The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots. – H.L. Mencken

The time appears to me to have come when it is the duty of all to make their dissent from religion known.    – John Stuart Mill

Whatever power such a being may have over me (God), there is one thing which he shall not do; he shall not compel me to worship him. I will call no being good, who is not what I mean when I apply that epithet to my fellow-creatures; and if such a being can sentence me to hell for not so calling him, to hell I will go. – John Stuart Mill

Religion gives us certainty without proof; science gives us proof without certainty. – Ashley Montagu

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know. – Michel de Montaigue

All religions die of one disease — that of being found out. – John Morley

Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. – Dwight Morrow

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. – Napoleon

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

Which is it: Is man one of God’s blunders, or is God one of man’s blunders? – Frederich Nietzsche

Finding that no religion is based on facts and cannot therefore be true, I began to reflect what must be the condition of mankind trained from infancy to believe in errors.      —
Robert Owen

Accustom a people to believe that priests, or any other class of men, can forgive sins, and you will have sins in abundance. – Thomas Paine

I disbelieve all holy men and holy books. – Thomas Paine

Infidelity does not consist in believing, or disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. – Thomas Paine

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.          – Thomas Paine

The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. – Thomas Paine

To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.         – Thomas Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right. – Thomas Paine

Men never do evil so cheerfully and so completely as when they do so from religious conviction.    — Blaise Pascal

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. You can show a fundy logic, but you can’t make him think.   – Linda Patterson

The average fundamentalist has a mind like a steel trap…snapped shut and rusted closed.      — Ronnie Patterson

So-called Scientific Creationism is really nothing more than an attempt to give credence to an ancient Hebrew myth by trying to prove that virtually all the world’s biologists, geologists, and paleontologists are a bunch of incompetent buffoons.  — Ronnie
Patterson

There is no other profession in which it’s easier to fake it than ministry.”  By adopting a
reverential demeanor, cultivating a stained glass voice, doing creative plagiarism, creating a terrifically busy image, one can do quite well in ministry today.  He says, “American
pastors are abandoning their calling, they have metamorphosed into a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are the churches.  They are buried with shopkeepers’ concerns – how to keep the customers happy, how to lure customers away from competitors down the street, how to package goods so the customers will lay out more money. Some are very good shopkeepers, attracting lots of customers, pulling in big
dollars, and developing splendid reputations.  Yet, it is still shop keeping – religious shop keeping.    — Eugene Peterson

Any idea, principle, creed, or faith that cannot stand the test of inquiry or discussion should not be said to represent any truth, small or large. How could it? Authoritarian control is not faith or reason, it is simply tyranny over the human mind and spirit. – Walter Rea

Those who thought patriotism was the last refuge of scoundrels were wrong. God is. And God, it seems, cares more about such things as abortion and marriage and homosexuality than he does about education and jobs and health care. – Richard Reeves

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. — S. Roberts

Broadly speaking, Protestants like to be good and have invented theology in order to keep themselves so, whereas Catholics like to be bad and have invented theology in order to keep their neighbors good. Hence, the social character of Catholicism and the individual character of Protestantism. – Bertrand Russell

Humanistic ethics is based on the principle that only humans themselves can determine the criterion for virtue and not an authority transcending us. – Bertrand Russell

I am as convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue. – Bertrand Russell

I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young, and I love life. But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation. Happiness is none the less true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting. – Bertrand Russell

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

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

The whole conception of God is a conception derived from oriental despotisms. It is a conception quite unworthy of free men. A good world needs knowledge, kindness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men. – Bertrand Russell

Science is forever whispering in our ears, ‘Remember, you’re new at this. You might be mistaken. You’ve been wrong before. Despite all their talk of humility, show me something comparable in religion.            – Carl Sagan

The majority of men…are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and…are not accessible to reason, but only to authority.  – Arthur Schopenhauer

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

The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic 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 proper study of a wise man is not how to die but how to live.      — Spinoza

The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation.—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstitions of the Christian religion. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The only excuse for God is that he doesn’t exist.         — Stendhal

In a poll taken in 1998, only 7 percent of the members of the US National Academy of Sciences, the elite of American scientists, said they believed in a personal god. – Victor Stenger

The truth cannot be asserted without denouncing the falsehood.         – Leslie Stephen

The recognition that no knowledge can be complete…is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error. – Alvin Toffler

Most people are bothered by those passages of scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. – Mark Twain

Its not what we know that gets us in trouble. Its what we know for sure that just ain’t so.       – Mark Twain

Faith is believing in what you know ain’t so. “A schoolboy” quoted by Mark Twain

It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain. – Mark Twain

I believe in life BEFORE death. — Unknown

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

Morality is doing what is right no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told no matter what is right. — Unknown

Calling atheism a religion is like calling health an illness. — Unknown

Why be born again when you can just grow up?  — Unknown

Humanity’s first sin was faith; the first virtue was doubt.        — Unknown

Heaven: the ultimate bribe. Hell: the ultimate blackmail.         — Unknown

I seek out those in search of truth, and avoid those who have found it. — Unknown

To be a Christian is to follow the ravings of a mad Jew promulgated by a gang of venal Italians and believed by a bunch of redneck hillbillies. — Unknown

The idea of a good society is something you do not need religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you only need religion if you are terrified of death. – Gore Vidal

For seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm. — Voltaire

The first clergyman was the first sly rogue who encountered the first fool. — Voltaire

What if there be a heaven above, a god of truth and light and love? Will he condemn us? It was he who gave the light that failed to see! If he be just who reigns on high, why should the atheist fear to die? – John Watts

History makes the point time & time again: No greater mischief can be created than to merge the power of religion with the power of government. — Lowell Weicker

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it 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. – Steven Weinberg

The defense of morals is the battle cry which best rallies stupidity against change.     — Alfred North Whitehead

Science is the record of dead religions.            — Oscar Wilde

If I had been present at creation, I would have given some useful hints.         — Alfonso the Wise

If there is one lesson we should have learned from history, it is that when church and state get in bed together, the odds are great their progeny will be a monster. – Thomas Wiseman

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3 Responses to Theology: Best-Ever Quotes

  1. KH says:

    I don’t know if you will see this since your post is nearly two years old, but most of the quotes you have about “religion” match your religion that there is no God. Just plug in your beliefs and you will see that most of the claims about religion could easily be about the religion that there is no God. And it is just as much a religion as the belief that there is a God, they are both based on faith, not withstanding the false claim of “Calling atheism a religion is like calling health an illness”. Atheism is, STILL based on the unprovable belief that there is no God. Since it can’t be proven there is no God, it MUST be a system of belief, a faith system and therefore a religion. There is no proof there isn’t a God, none. It cannot be proven, period. To the contrary, the proof that there is a God is born out by what Jesus Christ did and no one has disproved what Jesus Christ did or disproved His claims. And just because some people don’t want to or choose not to believe it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

    But many of the quotes above are logically flawed. Most are similarly flawed like this one:

    Which is it: Is man one of God?s blunders, or is God one of man?s blunders? ? Frederich Nietzsche

    His logic is flawed, as is many of the supposedly wise quotes above, because he erroneously left out at least one other option, and that is that man is his own blunder. If you had a friend and you tell him not to drive his car off a cliff, and he drives his car off a cliff, who’s fault is it if he drives his car off a cliff. It isn’t your fault. Yet Nietzsche is blaming God for something man did to himself. So he failed to recognize the option that God could have made man properly, but with the power to choose his own actions, free will, which is not a bad thing, but a good thing. Then if man, basically, uses the power God gave him to choose, but chooses to shoot his own self in the foot, it is not God’s fault, but man’s fault. Therefore, since he neglected that third option, that man is his own blunder, makes the point he is trying to make by that comment at the minimum flawed, if not without merit.

    But consider this, you have no way to disprove Christianity. It cannot be disproved. The best you can do is choose to or not to believe, purely on an arbitrary basis. And it is purely arbitrary since you cannot disprove it. it is your purely arbitrary choice, because your belief is not based on scientific or historical evidence. You cannot prove scientifically a historical event, but only disprove it by either physically being there, which none of us today were, or have a quote from someone who was who says none of what happened is true, which there is no such quote or claim, other than those who have political reason to claim it didn’t happen, those who were responsible for Jesus Christ’s death, the priests, which makes their claim inadmissible. So, seeing that you have no evidence that the claims of Christianity is false, that means your belief that Christianity is false is based on nothing but an arbitrary opinion on your part. So, the bottom line is why you are arbitrarily choosing to not believe. Are you just being someone who is just choosing to be unsatisfied, no matter what? For instance, are you someone who is just choosing to not be satisfied, because first you claim you don’t believe because it is too fantastic, with all the miracles and claiming you don’t want to believe because of that? Or what if there were no miracles and Jesus was just an ordinary man, THEN you would say that you don’t believe because Jesus was just an ordinary man who had flaws and mistakes, but claimed to be God, all the same, because Jesus did claim to be God, which cannot be denied or disproved. So, no matter what, are you choosing to just basically be obstinate. First you say you don’t believe because there were miracles and you don’t want to believe in miracles, THEN if there were no miracles you’d say you don’t believe because there WERE not any miracles, just basically being stubborn, choosing to be unsatisfied, PURELY on an arbitrary basis. That sounds kind of closed-minded to me. How about opening up your mind to kind of consider that what Christianity claims is true. You might be happier. What, REALLY, could you lose?

    • Dom Nozzi says:

      I don’t believe in any of the nearly countless proposed gods because none of them are logically possible. To put it more simply, I don’t believe in a god for the same reason that I don’t believe in Santa Claus. We cannot prove that Santa does not exist. Do you therefore believe in Santa? Just in case? BTW, you are an atheist in the same way I am when it comes to hundreds of non-Christian gods. I just don’t believe in the existence of one more god than you: The Christian god.

  2. KH says:

    “To put it more simply, I don’t believe in a god for the same reason that I don’t believe in Santa Claus.”

    One, there really was a Santa Claus. Per Wikipedia:
    “Saint Nicholas of Myra is the primary inspiration for the Christian figure of Sinterklaas. He was a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of Myra (now Demre) in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey. Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor, in particular presenting the three impoverished daughters of a pious Christian with dowries so that they would not have to become prostitutes.[7”

    However, that historical “Santa Claus” did not make the claims that Jesus Christ did so those are hardly comparable.

    It cannot be denied that Jesus Christ lived and it cannot be denied that He made the claims He did. Those are historical facts. At most you can arbitrarily choose to not believe in it, like I said in my comment. But none that was claimed in the Bible can be disproved. If it can’t be disproved it must be the truth. And if it is the truth, then you can choose to ignore the truth, which is the truth whether you believe it or not, or just accept the truth that Jesus claimed to be God and proved He is God. And if He is God, then the idea there is no God is without merit just as saying that Jesus never lived is without merit.

    But since it is a historical fact that Jesus Christ lived and made the claims He did, that He is God, to say you don’t believe in Jesus Christ’s claims to be God because you don’t believe in Santa Claus would be the same as saying you don’t believe in Napoleon because you don’t believe in Santa Claus.

    And by the way, talking about Napoleon:

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

    The relational, perhaps converse, of that statement is:

    Atheism is what allows the rich and powerful to murder the poor and powerless. — Me

    The proof of my statement is born out in what the Atheists Lenin, Stalin and Mao did, which is kill many millions of people each.

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