Freethinkers


"The United States spends over $87 billion conducting a war in Iraq while the United Nations estimates that for less than half that amount we could provide clean water, adequate diets, sanitations services and basic education to every person on the planet. And we wonder why terrorists attack us." - John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

"Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless." -- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi - (1828-1910) Russian writer Source: On Life and Essays on Religion

Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Biographical Dictionary of Ancient, Medieval and Modern Freethinkers extensive list of names with short bios
Campus Freethought
CHRISTIAN RIGHT
Comfort [the town in Texas] History established predominantly by German Freethinkers
The Evolving Mind freethought website by atheist Andrew Bernardin
Freedom From Religion Foundation freethinkers fight the use of taxpayer money for religious purposes (recommended by The Nation as one of the best places to give your money)
Freethinker Thought of the Day
Freethinkers "freethinker n. One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in his religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation" - includes links and pictures of Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Robert G. Ingersoll, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many more recent freethinkers
Freethinkers defined in the Handbook of Texas
Freethinkers of the Early Texas Hill Country by Edwin E. Scharf
Freethought Day
Freethought Network
Freethought Radio
Freethought Zone
Holysmoke a skeptic's site
Houston Church of Freethought
INGERSOLL, ROBERT G. page of links
Kapp, Ernst
Kapp Bathouse in Sisterdale
Maverick, Maury Jr. ad for a book about him
Maverick, Maury Jr. obituary in Alternative Approaches
Meusebach, John O. founder of Fredericksburg [Texas] and freethinker
Montana Freethinkers questioning particularly Christianity and pure market capitalism
RELIGION
Secular Student Alliance
SECULAR THOUGHT
Secular Web "a drop of reason in a pool of confusion"
Skeptic Society
What is a Freethinker? from the Freedom From Religion Foundation
The Free Thought Project

Public Intellectual Project articles and info. about Henry A. Giroux et al.

Henry A. Giroux webpage

Public Intellectuals Project


"A Freethinker is a person that insists on the freedom to develop independent opinions on the basis of individual reasoning powers, using one's intellect, and not on blind, unquestioned faith. As such, they refuse to accept the authority of a church, religion, or its supposedly inspired scripture. Freethinking became fashionable in Germany during the reign of Frederick the Great, who ruled from 1740 to 1753, within the period known as the "Age of Reason"... Some of these intellectuals, quite prominent in the German states, would extend their prominence later in the Texas Hill Country" (Scharf, Edwin E. Frontier Freethinkers in the Texas Hill Country. Helotes, Texas: Reality Publications, 1998, 7).


"There is no greater source of strife, hatred, terrorism, bloodshed, persecution or war than religion" (Freedom From Religion Foundation).


"Who knows most, doubts most." (Robert Browning)


"There wasn't a page of the bible that didn't offend me in some way. There is no other book between whose covers life is so cheap," Ruth discovered, prompting her to write the enduring modern freethought classic, The Born Again Skeptic's Guide to the Bible (1979)...

"I am now convinced that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion . . . If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as worthy of society's admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible?” (Ruth Hurmence Green).


“Faith and knowledge are related as the two scales of balance; when the one goes up, the other goes down. . . . The power of religious dogma, when inculcated early, is such as to stifle conscience, compassion, and finally every feeling of humanity. . . . For, as you know, religions are like glow worms; they shine only when it's dark. A certain amount of ignorance is the condition of all religions, the element in which alone they can exist. ” (Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), cited in http://www.ffrf.org/day/, 2-22-05).


"No institution in modern civilization is so tyrannical and so unjust to woman as is the Christian Church. It demands everything from her and gives her nothing in return.” (Josephine K. Henry, letter responding to Frances Willard's praise of the bible. Published in the Appendix of The Woman's Bible, 1897.)


“Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.” (James Russell Lowell, Literary Essays, Witchcraft, Vol. II, p. 374 (1891)).


“It is impossible to exaggerate the evil work theology has done in the world.” (Lydia Maria Child, The Progress of Religious Ideas Through Successive Ages, 1855.)


“Gullibility and credulity are considered undesirable qualities in every department of human life--except religion. . . . Why are we praised by godly men for surrendering our 'godly gift' of reason when we cross their mental thresholds? . . . . Atheism strikes me as morally superior, as well as intellectually superior, to religion. Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong.” (Christopher Hitchens, "The Lord and the Intellectuals," Harper's (July 1982), cited by James A. Haught in 2,000 Years of Disbelief (1996).)


"Americans are inundated today by proreligious propaganda. Unfortunately, the public has all too rarely been exposed to dissenting opinions. Yet there is a distinguished free-thought cultural tradition, which defends the secular outlook, and many of the leading authors in the world hold a nontheistic, secular humanist, skeptical, agnostic, or atheistic outlook. Indeed, a recent poll of Americans indicates that 29.5 million identify themselves as "nonreligious"" (from an ad by Prometheus book, 1-800-421-0351, Prometheus Books).


"The Bible has the lowest ratio of people who have read it versus people who own it of any book ever" (www.gullible.info, June 5, 2005).


“I realized early on that it is detailed scientific knowledge which makes certain religious beliefs untenable. A knowledge of the true age of the earth and of the fossil record makes it impossible for any balanced intellect to believe in the literal truth of every part of the Bible in the way that fundamentalists do. And if some of the Bible is manifestly wrong, why should any of the rest of it be accepted automatically? . . . What could be more foolish than to base one's entire view of life on ideas that, however plausible at the time, now appear to be quite erroneous? And what would be more important than to find our true place in the universe by removing one by one these unfortunate vestiges of earlier beliefs?” (Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA structure).


"But I am mistaken in speaking of a Christian republic; the terms are mutually exclusive. Christianity preaches only servitude and dependence. Its spirit is so favorable to tyranny that it always profits by such a regime. True Christians are made to be slaves, and they know it and do not much mind: this short life counts for too little in their eyes" (Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762).


“In India, as elsewhere in our darkening world, religion is the poison in the blood. Where religion intervenes, mere innocence is no excuse. Yet we go on skating around this issue, speaking of religion in the fashionable language of 'respect.' What is there to respect in any of this, or in any of the crimes now being committed almost daily around the world in religion's dreaded name?” (Salman Rushdie)


"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest" (Diderot, quoted in Letters. The Nation, July 18, 2005: 2).


“For years many a thinking people have had gloomy forebodings as to the result of the immense power of the church in our political affairs. . . . And the first step in the disestablishment of the church & of all churches is the taxation of church property. The government has no right to tax infidels for everything that takes the name of religion. For every dollar of church property untaxed, all other properties must be taxed one dollar more, and thus the poor man's home bears the burden of maintaining costly edifices from which he & his family are as effectively excluded--as though a policeman stood to bar their entrance, and in smaller towns all sects are building, building, building, not a little town in the western prairies but has its three & four churches & this immense accumulation of wealth is all exempt from taxation. In the new world as well as the old these rich ecclesiastical corporations are a heavy load on the shoulders of the people, for what wealth escapes, the laboring masses are compelled to meet. If all the church property in this country were taxed, in the same ratio poor widows are to day, we could soon roll off the national debt. . . .

"The clergy of all sects are universally opposed to free thought & free speech, & if they had the power even in our republic to day would crush any man who dared to question the popular religion.” (Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), unidentified lecture fragment from taxation on church property, c. 1877).


“The whole idea of god is absurd. If anything, '2001' shows that what some people call 'god' is simply an acceptable term for their ignorance. What they don't understand, they call 'god'" (Stanley Kubrick).


"Men are given to worshipping malevolent gods, and that which is not cruel seems to them not worth their adoration" (Anatole France).


“The freethinker has the same right to discredit the beliefs of Christians that the Orthodox Christians enjoy in destroying reverence, respect, and confidence in Mohammedanism, Mormonism, Christian Science, or Atheism.” (Theodore Schroeder, German Freethinker from Wisconsin).


"Sunday - A day given over by Americans to wishing that they themselves were dead and in Heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in Hell" (H.L. Mencken).


"The most curious social convention of the great age in which we live is the one to the effect that religious opinions should be respected" (H.L. Mencken).


“Men of simple understanding, little inquisitive and little instructed, make good Christians.” (Michel de Montaigne)


“The bible was written at a time when people thought the Earth was flat, when the wheelbarrow was high tech. Are its teachings applicable to the challenges we now face as a civilization?. . .” (Sam Harris)


“You'd never believe, when I was young, we genuinely believed religious wars were over. We'd say, at least it's impossible to have a religious war now. Can you believe that? . . . I'm so afraid of religion. Its capacity for murder is terrifying.” (Doris Lessing)


“Man is kind enough when he is not excited by religion” (Mark Twain).

“Until this awful blasphemy [the Incarnation] is got rid of, there never will be any liberal science in the world” (John Adams).


“The clergy are, practically, the most irresponsible of all talkers.” (George Eliot, via www.ffrf.org).


“We all ought to understand we're on our own. Believing in Santa Claus doesn't do kids any harm for a few years but it isn't smart for them to continue waiting all their lives for him to come down the chimney with something wonderful. Santa Claus and God are cousins.

"Christians talk as though goodness was their idea but good behavior doesn't have any religious origin. Our prisons are filled with the devout.

"I'd be more willing to accept religion, even if I didn't believe it, if I thought it made people nicer to each other but I don't think it does.” (Andy Rooney, via www.ffrf.org).


"Benjamin Franklin... didn't have much use for organized religion, saying it "serves principally to divide us and make us unfriendly to one another""("In Fact." The Nation, Dec. 26, 2005: 8).


“There ain't no answer. There ain't going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.” (Gertrude Stein)


“. . . . I decided (after listening to a "talk radio" commentator who abused, vilified, and scorned every noble cause to which I had devoted my entire life that) I was both a Humanist and a liberal, each of the most dangerous and vilified type. I am a Humanist because I think humanity can, with constant moral guidance, create a reasonably decent society. I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril. I do not believe that pure reason can solve the perceptual problems unless it is modified by poetry and art and social vision. So I am a Humanist. And if you want to charge me with being the most virulent kind--a secular humanist--I accept the accusation.” (James Michener)


“Prayers never bring anything. . . . They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy--but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas.” (W.C.Fields)


“The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic.” --Bertrand Russell.


“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” -- Blaise Pascal


“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 M. Ricker


“There is no such source and cause of strife, quarrel, fights, malignant opposition, persecution, and war, and all evil in the state as religion. Let it once enter our civil affairs, our government would soon be destroyed. Let it once enter our common schools, they would be destroyed . . . Those who made our Constitution saw this, and used the most apt and comprehensive language in it to prevent such a catastrophe.” -- Justice H.S. Orton of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, concurring opinion in Weiss v. the District Board, decided on March 18, 1890, ruling bible readings and devotionals in public schools unconstitutional


"To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used." (Richard Dawkins, 1999).


"To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used." (Richard Dawkins, 1999).


“Free thought means fearless thought. It is not deterred by legal penalties, nor by spiritual consequences. Dissent from the Bible does not alarm the true investigator, who takes truth for authority not authority for truth. The thinker who is really free, is independent; he is under no dread; he yields to no menace; he is not dismayed by law, nor custom, nor pulpits, nor society--whose opinion appals so many. He who has the manly passion of free thought, has no fear of anything, save the fear of error.” -- George Jacob Holyoake, The Origin and Nature of Secularism, Ch. 3 (1896)


"To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used." (Richard Dawkins, 1999).


“I think I could turn and live with animals, they're so placid and self contain'd,. . . .
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the earth.”
(Walt Whitman)


"Christianity is an insult to the wisdom of the nineteenth century. To place before its progress and development a leader, ruler, king, savior, god, whose knowledge was less than a modern five-year-old school girl, is an outrage upon humanity" (Ella E. Gibson. The Godly Women of the Bible, 1870s).


“The whole idea of god is absurd. If anything, '2001' shows that what some people call 'god' is simply an acceptable term for their ignorance. What they don't understand, they call 'god'" (Stanley Kubrick).


"There is a strange irrationalism welling up in the United States, and to some extent maybe over the whole plant, but more here than elsewhere. I know that when Peter singer addressed this group last year, he said it was different in Australia. They don't have moments of silence. They don't have "God bless Australia." One can have an abortion if one wants one, or if one needs one. Religion does not invade public or political life. My friends in the Netherlands tell me that if a political leader there expressed religious opinions in public, there would be a revolt, and he or she would be removed from office. But in the United States, at the moment, all this is inverted. Many political candidates here feel obliged to present themselves as "persons of faith," and to play the religious card at every opportunity.

"I am horrified to think that 70 percent of the US population, so it is said, believes in angels, aliens, spirits, spooks of one sort or another. Somtimes I think what Freud called "the black mud of occultims" is sweeping this country" (Oliver Sacks. "Invasion of Irrationalism." Freethought Today, June/July, 2006: 8).


"There are some moral teachings in the bible but they are few and far between. The rest can be described as a book of the five B's: barbarism, bestiality, bigotry, bloodshed and brutality...

  1. Barbarism: Numbers 31: 1-20; Hosea 13:16; II Kings 2:23-24.

  2. Bestiality: Gen 19:8; Lev 26:22,29; Num 21:3; Exod 22:18; Exek 5:10.

  3. Bigotry: Exod II: 1-2; Judges 4:10-15; Matt 10:35-36; Luke 14:26; John 15:6.

  4. Bloodshed: Ex 32:27-28; Num 21:34-35.

  5. Brutality: Ex 23:19-26; Ex 34:7; II Samuel 12:14; Isaiah 14:21; Mal 2:3." (Letters. Freethought Today, June/July, 2006: 19).


    "...moral, including religious, values are "best protected by a deep ethical commitment to the secular state." "Legislators need to be asking what the people want and not what God wants."" (Letters. The Nation, June 12, 2006: 2).


    "There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds." (Alfred Tennyson. In Memorium).


    “Christianity indeed has equaled Judaism in the atrocities, and exceeded it in the extent of its desolation. Eleven millions of men, women, and children have been killed in battle, butchered in their sleep, burned to death at public festivals of sacrifice, poisoned, tortured, assassinated, and pillaged in the spirit of the Religion of Peace, and for the glory of the most merciful God.”
    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Refutation of Deism, 1814


    Heaven

    Fish (fly-replete, in depth of June,
    Dawdling away their wat'ry noon)
    Ponder deep wisdom, dark or clear,
    Each secret fishy hope or fear.
    Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond;
    But is there anything Beyond?
    This life cannot be All, they swear,
    For how unpleasant, if it were!
    One may not doubt that, somehow, Good
    Shall come of Water and of Mud;
    And, sure, the reverent eye must see
    A Purpose in Liquidity.
    We darkly know, by Faith we cry,
    The future is not Wholly Dry.
    Mud unto mud! -- Death eddies near --
    Not here the appointed End, not here!
    But somewhere, beyond Space and Time.
    Is wetter water, slimier slime!
    And there (they trust) there swimmeth One
    Who swam ere rivers were begun,
    Immense, of fishy form and mind,
    Squamous, omnipotent, and kind;
    And under that Almighty Fin,
    The littlest fish may enter in.
    Oh! never fly conceals a hook,
    Fish say, in the Eternal Brook,
    But more than mundane weeds are there,
    And mud, celestially fair;
    Fat caterpillars drift around,
    And Paradisal grubs are found;
    Unfading moths, immortal flies,
    And the worm that never dies.
    And in that Heaven of all their wish,
    There shall be no more land, say fish.
    -- Rupert Brooke, "Heaven," 1913


    “Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand. . . . We know the crimes that fanaticism in religion has caused. . . .” (Frederick the Great, letter to Voltaire, July 6, 1737).


    “The only true shield standing between women and the bible, that handbook for the subjugation of women, is a secular government. U.S. citizens must wake up to the threat of an encroaching theocracy, and shore up Thomas Jefferson's 'wall of separation between church and state.' ” -- Annie Laurie Gaylor


    freethinkers... "There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds." (Alfred Tennyson. In Memorium).


    “Christianity indeed has equaled Judaism in the atrocities, and exceeded it in the extent of its desolation. Eleven millions of men, women, and children have been killed in battle, butchered in their sleep, burned to death at public festivals of sacrifice, poisoned, tortured, assassinated, and pillaged in the spirit of the Religion of Peace, and for the glory of the most merciful God.”
    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Refutation of Deism, 1814


    Heaven

    Fish (fly-replete, in depth of June,
    Dawdling away their wat'ry noon)
    Ponder deep wisdom, dark or clear,
    Each secret fishy hope or fear.
    Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond;
    But is there anything Beyond?
    This life cannot be All, they swear,
    For how unpleasant, if it were!
    One may not doubt that, somehow, Good
    Shall come of Water and of Mud;
    And, sure, the reverent eye must see
    A Purpose in Liquidity.
    We darkly know, by Faith we cry,
    The future is not Wholly Dry.
    Mud unto mud! -- Death eddies near --
    Not here the appointed End, not here!
    But somewhere, beyond Space and Time.
    Is wetter water, slimier slime!
    And there (they trust) there swimmeth One
    Who swam ere rivers were begun,
    Immense, of fishy form and mind,
    Squamous, omnipotent, and kind;
    And under that Almighty Fin,
    The littlest fish may enter in.
    Oh! never fly conceals a hook,
    Fish say, in the Eternal Brook,
    But more than mundane weeds are there,
    And mud, celestially fair;
    Fat caterpillars drift around,
    And Paradisal grubs are found;
    Unfading moths, immortal flies,
    And the worm that never dies.
    And in that Heaven of all their wish,
    There shall be no more land, say fish.
    -- Rupert Brooke, "Heaven," 1913


    Richard Dawkins, _The God Delusion_.
    "...as Mr Dawkins sees it, is that religious moderates make the world safe for fundamentalists, by promoting faith as a virtue and by enforcing an overly pious respect for religion. (Why is it easier for a Quaker to avoid combat duty as a conscientious objector than someone who simply deplores violence?)" (Richard Dawkins)


    In the world today, one ancient religious ideology, monotheism, stands out as especially dangerous, repressive and loony...

    "...monotheism posits one omnipotent, lonely sucker all by himself -- "the sky god" as Gore Vidal once called him... He's the original bad father, threatening awful punishments, with no wife, lover, siblings, friends, co-workers, neighbors or relatives to reign him in...

    "Early Christians and then Muslims added to monotheism the great creative innovation of the promise of eternal life. A person gets to live forever if, and only if, that person closely follows the sky god's rules. This made monotheism much easier to sell, especially when coupled with the offer of extra credit toward salvation for converting others. It also made monotheism fantastically effective in motivating, inspiring, controlling and ruling people. Fueled by the monotheists' inexhaustible missionary zeal, in nearly 2,000 years this peculiar ideology has spread throughout much of the globe...

    "Present-day America's most popular form of lunatic monotheism -- fundamentalist, evangelical Protestantism (and especially end-of-days Christianity with tens of millions of believers convinced that Jesus is returning soon) -- is deeply obsessed with the holy land. Crazed Christian fundamentalists love it when crazed Jewish warriors battle it out with crazed Islamic warriors. The Pat Robertsons regard the wars as win-win and ordinary believers see them as signs that the saved will soon be lifted to heaven. Unfortunately, these fundamentalist Christians now have enormous influence over the foreign policy of the most powerful nation in the world.

    "Most monotheists want governments to punish people who fail to obey some of the sky god's ascetic rules. Even moderate, middle-of-the-road monotheists -- like the Roman Catholic Church -- pressure governments to criminalize and punish homosexuality, drug use and abortion. The large and growing numbers of Christian, Muslim and Jewish fundamentalists have far grander ambitions.

    "The historic battles within monotheism are legendary: Hebrews vs. Christians, Sunnis vs. Shiites, Catholics vs. Protestants, Lutherans vs. Calvinists, Church of England vs. dissenters, Puritans vs. Baptists, and so many others. Currently some Islamic extremists have a hard time deciding who they despise more: Is it the evil Christian and Jewish heretics, or is it the evil Muslims heretics? So much heresy, so little time.

    "For monotheism, it always comes down to heresy, to the rejection of orthodoxy...

    "Like Mark Twain, Bertrand Russell and others before him, Sam Harris insists that the basic premises and literal texts of monotheism are so authoritarian and repressive that people who believe them also easily and frequently support all sorts of other repressive causes. For evidence, see the last 2,000 years of history, or tomorrow's newspaper" (James Foley, Alternet, http://www.alternet.org/story/42025/, accessed 9/25/06).


    “Not only have the 'followers of Christ' made it their rule to hack to bits all those who do not accept their beliefs, they have also ferociously massacred each other, in the name of their common 'religion of love,' under banners proclaiming their faith in Him who had expressly commanded them to love one another.” -- Georges Clemenceau


    “If today you can take a thing like evolution and make it a crime to teach it in the public school, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools, and the next year you can make it a crime to teach it to the hustings or in the church. At the next session you may ban books and the newspapers. Soon you may set Catholic against Protestant and Protestant against Protestant, and try to foist your own religion upon the minds of men. If you can do one you can do the other. Ignorance and fanaticism is ever busy and needs feeding. Always it is feeding and gloating for more. Today it is the public school teachers, tomorrow the private. The next day the preachers and the lectures, the magazines, the books, the newspapers. After a while, your honor, it is the setting of man against man and creed against creed until with flying banners and beating drums we are marching backward to the glorious ages of the sixteenth century when bigots lighted fagots to burn the men who dared to bring any intelligence and enlightenment and culture to the human mind. ”
    -- Clarence Darrow, "Scopes Trial" courtroom speech, July 13, 1925


    “In India, as elsewhere in our darkening world, religion is the poison in the blood. Where religion intervenes, mere innocence is no excuse. Yet we go on skating around this issue, speaking of religion in the fashionable language of 'respect.' What is there to respect in any of this, or in any of the crimes now being committed almost daily around the world in religion's dreaded name?” -- Salman Rushdie


    “For years many a thinking people have had gloomy forebodings as to the result of the immense power of the church in our political affairs. . . . And the first step in the disestablishment of the church & of all churches is the taxation of church property. The government has no right to tax infidels for everything that takes the name of religion. For every dollar of church property untaxed, all other properties must be taxed one dollar more, and thus the poor man's home bears the burden of maintaining costly edifices from which he & his family are as effectively excluded--as though a policeman stood to bar their entrance, and in smaller towns all sects are building, building, building, not a little town in the western prairies but has its three & four churches & this immense accumulation of wealth is all exempt from taxation. In the new world as well as the old these rich ecclesiastical corporations are a heavy load on the shoulders of the people, for what wealth escapes, the laboring masses are compelled to meet." (Elizabeth Cady Stanton).


    "The clergy of all sects are universally opposed to free thought & free speech, & if they had the power even in our republic to day would crush any man who dared to question the popular religion.” (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)


    "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.

    "I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious. . .

    "I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect.

    "I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech..."

    (H.L. Mencken)


    "In a study done at Cornell University, it was found that athiests were 63 percent more likely to return a wallet found on the street than self-described Christians. The research was done with a planted wallet and a hidden camera" (gullible.info, Feb. 22, 2007).


Colby Glass, MLIS