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  • #61
    "Few things are more dangerous than people who think they're in possession of absolute truth."

    - Peter Boghossiam from "A Manual For Creating Atheists"
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      • #63
        "Isn't this enough?
        Just this world?
        Just this beautiful, complex
        Wonderfully unfathomable, natural world?
        How does it so fail to hold our attention
        That we have to diminish it with the invention
        Of cheap, man-made Myths and Monsters?"
        Tim Minchin, “Storm”
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        • #64
          I know nothing except for the fact of my ignorance.

          - Socrates
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          • #65
            "Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters."

            --Isaac Bashevis Singer
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            • #66
              "I'm much more like the product of a doctor than I am a Jew. I don't believe in [an afterlife]. I believe this is it, and I believe it's the best way to live."
              —Natalie Portman, actor, freethinker, in an interview for "Rolling Stone Magazine," "The Private Life of Natalie Portman," by Chris Heath, June 20, 2002
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                • #68
                  ^haha saw that one today also...

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                  • #69
                    “The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief.”
                    Sarah Vowell, The Wordy Shipmates
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                    • #70
                      “I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting.”
                      - Roger Ebert, Pulitzer Prize winning critic, author, and freethinker
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                        • #72
                          “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!”
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                          • #73
                            "As a historian, I confess to a certain amusement when I hear the Judeo-Christian tradition praised as the source of our concern for human rights. In fact, the great religious ages were notable for their indifference to human rights in the contemporary sense. They were notorious not only for acquiescence in poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression but for enthusiastic justifications of slavery, persecution, abandonment of small children, torture, genocide."
                            —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, "The Opening of the American Mind," The New York Times, 1989.
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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by mike pulcinella View Post
                              "As a historian, I confess to a certain amusement when I hear the Judeo-Christian tradition praised as the source of our concern for human rights. In fact, the great religious ages were notable for their indifference to human rights in the contemporary sense. They were notorious not only for acquiescence in poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression but for enthusiastic justifications of slavery, persecution, abandonment of small children, torture, genocide."
                              —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, "The Opening of the American Mind," The New York Times, 1989.
                              "poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression".

                              Religion is not the causative factor of the above quoted.

                              You could project all of that into rational objective non religious areas like euro-centric capitalism as well.

                              Objective rational euro-centric capitalism and self serving humans that ignore religion, morality and that promote economic class warfare to advance the interests of the upper economic classes has/have a great deal to do with human suffering.

                              If all religion were removed from the face of the planet there still would be "poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression" as many humans are greedy self serving animals.
                              Religion sometimes acts as a check and balance over greedy self serving animals.
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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by mike pulcinella View Post
                                "As a historian, I confess to a certain amusement when I hear the Judeo-Christian tradition praised as the source of our concern for human rights. In fact, the great religious ages were notable for their indifference to human rights in the contemporary sense. They were notorious not only for acquiescence in poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression but for enthusiastic justifications of slavery, persecution, abandonment of small children, torture, genocide."
                                —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, "The Opening of the American Mind," The New York Times, 1989.
                                The more I think about this rant that tries to rationalize that religion is one of the primary causes of human acquiescence in poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression, the more ridiculous it is to me.

                                Instead of being in an " great religious age" we are now in the great corrupted capitalist exploitation age.

                                An age that objectively rationalizes poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression as long as it results in promotion of the wealth of the upper economic class and that promotes the gain of material wealth at all costs.

                                "Poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression" due to exploitative objective rational corrupt capitalism that is directed by the haves at the have nots is at one of the highest levels in recorded history and religion has nothing to do with it.
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