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9 Great Quotes About Religion

November 1, 2008

Religion is a funny thing. It’s an unshakable part of human existence just as it has been for 50,000 years. And no one, no matter how much persuasion or logic is going to sway someone with a religious bent, but if you’re going to be religious, you don’t have to fucking be crazy about it. Worship whoever the hell you want to, but don’t impose it on other people and don’t let it completely own your life so that you’re blinded to what you know is right and decent. I have absolutely no problem with religion in theory, but to people who use religion as an excuse to be an asshole or a murderer. /rant

So here’s a list of 9 great quotes on religion. Why 9 in a top 10 list? Because. Just accept it and don’t ask questions.

1. “Beware of the man whose god is in the skies” – George Bernard Shaw

2. “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.” – Thomas Jefferson

3. “A people who despise sex must also despise their god.” – Beth Brant

4. “Belief is messy, a violence that pushes life around into categories, choosing from infinite realites this truth or that.” – Robin Podolsky

5. “I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind– that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.” – HL Mencken

6. “A few years ago we finally persuaded psychiatrists to remove homosexuality from the list of recognized mental disorders. Maybe it’s time we started lobbying to add to belief in God to the list. Belief in an angry, intolerant one, anyway…

“I demand assurances that a given religion will not cause or potentiate mass homicidal psychosis or priestly pedophelia, before we let it indoctrinate helpless children and vulnerable adults. Bloodthirsty, authoritarian theology threatens Canada as much as tobacco, obesity and booze put together. It endangers our planet more than global warming, nuclear winter or rogue asteroids” – Spider Robinson

7. “We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart.” – HL Mencken

8. “I not only maintain that all religions are versions of the same untruth, but I hold that the influence of churches, and the effect of religious belief is positively harmful.” – Christopher Hitchens

9. “Hell is paved with priests’ skulls.” – Saint John Chrysostom (347 – 407)

Cheers IHC

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