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Vol. 21 No. 8 - Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. -
October 2004

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Overheard

I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died.
Jimmy Swaggart
Jimmy Swaggart Ministries

Sept. 12 telecast
AP, Sept. 22, 2004

Alone, fundamentalism couldn't produce the worldwide fighting. Alone, ethnic politics couldn't produce the needed supply of suicide volunteers. But the combination of martyr-oriented faith and political mutiny makes the monstrous phenomenon.
James A. Haught, editor-in-chief
"Who Would Massacre Children?"

Charleston Gazette, Sept. 7, 2004

If the latest in the "Left Behind" series of evangelical thrillers is to be believed, Jesus will return to Earth, gather nonChristians to his left and toss them into everlasting fire. . . . we should be embarrassed when our bestselling books gleefully celebrate religious intolerance and violence against infidels.
Columnist Nicholas D. Kristoff
"Jesus and Jihad"

New York Times, July 17, 2004

Father, help us. Help us to save this nation, this nation that has always said that it was under you, under God. Help us to rise and to raise up the banner that will re-elect George W. Bush.
Rev. Lou Sheldon
Invocation

Republican National Convention
Mercury News Washington Bureau
Aug. 30, 2004

He's [liberal benefactor George Soros] a self-admitted atheist, I think he s a very bad influence in the world.
Tony Blankley, editorial page editor
Washington Times

Hannity & Colmes Show, June 3, 2004

The world is increasingly divided into those who have "faith" and those who don't. It doesn't really matter what the faith is. That is why you now get "faith groups" coming together from all kinds of different religions. The weirdest manifestation of this new tendency is when people say: "I'm not a Christian but I believe in something." . . . What they mean is something more than we have any good reason to believe in.
Philosopher Jamie Whyte
NewScientist.com
Sept. 13, 2004

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? . . .
Author Sam Harris
The End of Faith

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15, 2004

We got through four days without killing each other.
Rabbi Jonathan Keren Black
(Re: Melbourne's interfaith conference)
The Age (Aust.), Aug. 27, 2004

Yet with ever-increasing shrillness, we hear from elected or appointed officials that it's religious persecution to ask them to suspend sectarian prayer or practices on the bench, in the legislature or at the schoolhouse gate. . . .
Religious Americans have every right to insist they shouldn't have to be religious in the closet. But that doesn't give public officials some free-floating constitutional right to exercise their religion at the expense of everyone they ostensibly serve.
Columnist Dahlia Lithwick
Senior editor, Slate

"Chipping Away at the Wall"
New York Times, Aug. 22, 2004

The context of religious fervor and cynical exploitation is what makes the courthouse bible display a controversial issue and prohibited by the Constitution. County officials should be defending the Constitution, not obstructing its defense.
Houston Chronicle editorial
Aug. 11, 2004

While Christian conservatives and hard-line neo-conservatives may see the developments after Sept. 11 in a positive light (after all, one might say that God and the United States have been given a larger piece of the planet with which to work), all Americans should be leery of any government that merges religiosity into political ends.
Assoc. Prof. David Domke
University of Washington

"Bush Weds Religion, Politics to Form World View"
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Aug. 22, 2004

[The] platform is our Bible.
Rev. Lou Sheldon
Traditional Values Coalition

Republican National Convention
CBS News,com, Aug. 31, 2004



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