I was just perusing positiveatheism.org when I came upon the following. I always knew (especially from his testimony on Capitol Hill regarding the "suggestive lyrics" foofaraw that Zappa was intelligent and well-spoken, but this just about says it all regarding the whole god and religion kick:

The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil. Remember the apple on the tree? Okay, it was the Tree of Knowledge. "You eat this apple, you're going to be as smart as God. We can't have that."

-- Frank Zappa

And just for fun, here's the link to a bunch of other refreshing wit and wisdom from the man who asked that cosmic question:

WHO Are the Brain Police?!?

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Comment by Steph S. on January 31, 2012 at 8:34pm

I like the quote from Zappa. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 10, 2010 at 10:39am
May be true, Glenn ... a frightening thought that ... and once again I dust off an old favorite:

"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."
-- Robert A. Heinlein
Comment by Glenn Sogge on January 10, 2010 at 10:16am
I just ran across this in a Facebook status comment. I had forgotten this one:

"Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe."
Frank Zappa
Comment by Glenn Sogge on January 3, 2010 at 3:38pm
In the Six Degrees of Separation Department, the Fowler brothers who played with some of the best bands Zappa put together were cousins of one of my high school classmates.
Comment by Loren Miller on January 3, 2010 at 3:33pm
I wish he HAD been able to stick around. I will admit not being that much into his music, but his political perceptions were SUBLIME!
Comment by Howard S. Dunn on January 3, 2010 at 2:01pm
The last election just laid the foundation of the next 500 years of Dark Ages.
-- Frank Zappa, in 1981

Let's not be too tough on our own ignorance. It's the thing that makes America great. If America weren't incomparably ignorant, how could we have tolerated the last eight years?
-- Frank Zappa, in 1988

Wow - he didn't stick around to find out he could be even MORE right about 2001-2009!
Comment by Loren Miller on January 3, 2010 at 6:33am
Have to say, you guys are ahead of me. My sole regular exposure to Zappa was Mothermania: The Best of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention which was a terrific album, IMHO. There was that, his appearance on Saturday Night Live during their second season, and a couple cuts a friend played me of his symphonic music, which was at the least intriguing.

Of course I heard "Dyna-Mo Hum" and "Dancin' Fool" on the radio, too, but that was his commercial material.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on January 3, 2010 at 1:16am
... and Rodney Bingenheimer ...
Comment by Glenn Sogge on January 3, 2010 at 1:12am
Thinking of TMR reminded me of the other strangeness that came from FZ's Straight label -- GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously with Cynthia Plaster Caster), Tim Hardin, Wild Man Fischer, and the first Alice Cooper album. We've got to be careful here -- we might be verging on fast and bulbous ...
Comment by Glenn Sogge on January 3, 2010 at 1:04am
Trout Mask Replica is a great record. The mind is most assuredly a one-off. One of the times I saw FZ it was the tour with Beefheart. Even if he was constrained by FZ's styles, there was definitely an unique voice at the microphone once in awhile.

I've always liked the "Everybody's colored ...." quote.

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