"The United States is a Christian nation founded upon Christian principles and beliefs."
-pres George W. Bush
"The government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian Religion."
-PRESIDENT George Washington
"I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature."
-PRESIDENT Thomas Jefferson
"The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my religion."
-PRESIDENT Abraham Lincoln
"A just government has no need for the clergy or the church."
-PRESIDENT James Madison
"I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday
end... where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the
church of his choice."
-PRESIDENT John F. Kennedy
"I don’t know that atheists should be considered patriots, nor should they be considered citizens".
-pres George "Daddy" Bush
"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand they do less easily move against him believing that he has the gods on his side."
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
"We admit of no government by divine right....The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed"
-William Henry Harrison
"The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum"
"Civilization will not attain perfection until the last stone, from the last church, falls on the last priest"
"Nature and nature’s laws lay hid by night
God said "let there be Newton and all was light"
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not Omnipotent.
Is he able but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is God both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?"
"Why should I fear death?
If I am, then death is not.
If Death is, then I am not.
Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?
Long time men lay oppressed with slavish fear.
Religious tyranny did domineer.
At length the mighty one of Greece
Began to assent the liberty of man."
"There is in every village a torch and an extinguisher: the schoolteacher and the priest."
"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the reasoning of a single individual"
"To command their professors of astronomy [or even, gasp, evolution] to refute their own observations is to command them not to see what they do see and not to understand what they do understand."
"All the religions are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent."
"The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but
the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not."
"Those who seek consolation in existing churches often pay for their
peace of mind with a tacit agreement to ignore a great deal of what is
known about the way the world works."
"The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself."
"Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws."
-Sir Richard Francis Burton
"To believe in God or in a guiding force because someone tells you to is the height of stupidity. We are given senses to receive our information within. With our own eyes we see, and with our own skin we feel. With our intelligence, it is intended that we understand. But each person must puzzle it out for himself or herself."
"What about the statue in California currently said to be crying bloody
tears? Why worry about the alleged weeping of a plaster effigy when so
many actual human beings have reason to cry?"
"With or without religion, 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."
"A cult is a religion with no political power."
"All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring."