"Religion is regarded by the common people as true; by the wise as false, and by politicians as useful."  --Seneca the Younger (4 B.C.E.-65 C.E.).

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I think religion for many people is some sort of moral viagra.
Daniel Dennett
Not necessarily cowards. Sometimes just someone who is confused.
Why I like what Dennett said is because you can hear so often that religion is a foundation of morality. Anything Dawkins tries to intelligibly explain about the evolutionary origin of morality, is being always ignored. I remember a radio show, in which a host (forgot his name) was asked something like: "If you are an atheist, then what stops you from raping, stealing and murdering?" In which he replied to this idiot: "With an attitude like this, I hope you keep believing in a god"
This problem has occupied much of my thought since meeting the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who put it in the context of a much-touted moral imperative: patriotism. She pointed out that as she served honorably in the military, the rubes were her pet peeve when they suggested atheism was not patriotic. (Of course we all know that nothing could be more patriotic than atheism since the atheist is more likely to say, with Tim Rice, that "My country's only borders/Lie around my heart.") Perhaps the problem is that genuine communication is only possible among equals. Dennett and Dawkins continue to preach to the choir. Have you seen the stats on how many scientists our educational system contributes to the world each year vis-a-vis, say, China?
I wish I'd gone into science, instead of art. :(
You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do.
--[from Usenet]
Yep, pick your Bible quotes wisely and you can justfy ANYTHING!
As the late, great Lennie Bruce said, "We got to quit quoting the bible and start saying something."
"Humanity without religion is like a serial killer without a chainsaw."
-- unknown
This is so great!
Faith"Faith is believing something you know ain't true." - Mark Twain
What are spinchters? If "sphincters", still cannot get it. Sounds like something a Borat would say
You'd almost think Seneca was making his observation about the United States today.

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