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Atheist monument

Posted by Sabura on July 2, 2013

Story:  Atheists unveil monument next to Ten Commandments at Florida courthouse

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David Silverman, president of American Atheists, seated at a monument bench unveiled and dedicated on June 29, 2013, at Bradford County Courthouse, FL.

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The monument’s quotations include:

“An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated.” — Madalyn Murray O’Hair

“… the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion…” — Treaty of Tripoli

“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” — Thomas Jefferson

“It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service [writing the Constitution] had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven.” — John Adams

“When religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” — Benjamin Franklin

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Enso of life

Posted by Sabura on March 22, 2013

“I have lived with many Zen masters, all of them cats.”

“I sometimes call animals – dogs and cats particularly – guardians of being. Dogs fill a vital function in the collective consciousness of humanity…they show us what we have lost and, once we realise that, they can help us in our shift into a deeper state of consciousness.”

― Eckhard Tolle, Guardians of Being

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My atheism

Posted by Sabura on March 16, 2013

“My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.”

― George Santayana

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I finally decided

Posted by Sabura on March 16, 2013

“I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.”

― Isaac Asimov

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Live a good life

Posted by Sabura on March 16, 2013

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

― attributed to Marcus Aurelius

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Starry Night

Posted by Sabura on March 16, 2013

“When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion, then I go out and paint the stars.”

― Vincent van Gogh

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All atoms in the universe

Posted by Sabura on March 16, 2013

“The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”

Neil-deGrasse-Tyson

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One of the painful things about our time

Posted by Sabura on March 16, 2013

“One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.”

― Bertrand Russell

(q.v. Dunning-Kruger effect)

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The passivity of good men

Posted by Sabura on March 16, 2013

“I am over the passivity of good men. Where the hell are you? You live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtured and mothered and eternally supported by us, so why aren’t you standing with us? Why aren’t you driven to the point of madness by the rape and humiliation of us?”

― Eve Ensler

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The Paradox of Tolerance

Posted by Sabura on March 16, 2013

This finally resolved for me what I thought was the irresolvable, even seemingly hypocritical conundrum of my being intolerant of intolerance.


“Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. – In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be most unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.”


The Paradox of Tolerance,”
The Open Society and Its Enemies
(downloadable)
Karl Popper, pub. 1945

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It’s always something

Posted by Sabura on December 28, 2011

“Well it just goes to show you, it’s always something, you either got a toenail in your hamburger or toilet paper clinging to your shoe.”

― Roseanne Roseannadanna

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