Thursday, January 19, 2006

What? David Hasselhoff isn't on that list?

I've mentioned the literature available in the elevators at work before. Recently, someone posted a flier for a series about NC history that has been airing on public TV. One of the episodes is called "10,000 years before contact," about pre-historic NC. Someone scratched out the 10,000 and wrote "6,000." Sigh.

So anyway, I take solace where I can find it, and I recently stumbled across a couple of lists (in a blog called Escape From the Meme Machine) of atheists through history (Part 1 and part 2) complete with some delicious quotes.

Here are a few of my favorites:
"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites."--Thomas Jefferson

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."--John Adams

"A religious person is a dangerous person. He may not become a thief or a murderer, but he is liable to become a nuisance. He carries with him many foolish and harmful superstitions, and he is possessed with the notion that it is his duty to give these superstitions to others. That is what makes trouble. Nothing is so worthless as superstition. . . ."--Marilla Ricker (American feminist and activist)

"If there really is a Holy Virgin or anyone up in the air, tell them to send lightening to strike me down or let the stones of the vault fall on my head. If you are unable to do that Mr. Priest, you're nothing but a puppet taking money from stupid old women. You're no better than the clown in the circus coaxing coins from the public. If God doesn't stop me, then there must be no God. Get out of here! You see, there is no God! You're all stupid cows!"--Diego Rivera


Anonymous said...

I saw some of those quotes in a BBC documentary about atheism recently.


Lisa B. said...

I find the phrase "History of Disbelief" funny ... is as if belief were the more natural state and disbelief some dsort of mutationj or something.