Freethought Today · Vol. 22 No. 8 October 2005

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Overheard

[Can you be a good scientist and believe in God?]
No.
Herbert A. Hauptman
Chemistry Nobel Laureate
CUNY conference Q&A

New York Times, Aug. 23, 2005

I think one of the great historical contributions of science is to weaken the hold of religion. That's a good thing.
Steven Weinberg
Physics Nobel Laureate

New York Times, Aug. 23, 2005

image God, in my opinion, is not living up to his advertising. . .
Does such a "supreme being" even deserve devotion? One can fear and respect whatever force dislodged a 1,200-ton, 200-foot-tall oil platform and slammed it into the Mobile, Ala., Cochraine/Africatown Bridge. Those behind local protection rackets also elicit fear and respect, but rarely expect to be worshipped.
Relying on each other and ourselves, I believe, not depending on a God who either doesn't care about us or simply isn't there, is all we humans have.
In other words, we are on our own.
Columnist Deroy Murdock
"Forget Prayer, God Ain't Listening"

Scripps Howard News, Sept. 2, 2005

image How could those who preach the absolute revealed truth of every word of a primitive book not be prone to insanity? . . . See how far-right evangelicals have kidnapped U.S. politics and warped its secular, liberal founding traditions. . . .
It is time now to get serious about religion--all religion--and draw a firm line between the real world and the world of dreams. . .
All the state can do is hold on to secular values. It can encourage the moderate, but it must not appease religion.
Polly Toynbee
"In the Name of God"

The Guardian [UK], July 22, 2005

Evolution is a robust theory, in the scientific sense, that has been tested and confirmed again and again. Intelligent design is not a theory at all, as scientists understand the word, but a well-financed political and religious campaign to muddy science. Its basic proposition--the intervention of a designer, aka God--cannot be tested. It has no evidence to offer, and its assumptions that humans were divinely created are the same as its conclusions. . . . accepting intelligent design means discarding science.
Verlyn Klinkenborg
New York Times, Aug. 23, 2005

I don't go to church, and I don't know one person [in Ireland] who does.
Student Brian Kenny
USA Today, Aug. 11, 2005

This week's constitutional crisis in Baghdad demonstrates again that the Bush administration's drive to recreate the Middle East in its own image is producing theocracy, not democracy, in Iraq. On Bush's watch, Iraq's once-secular government has been delivered to religious parties that want Iraq to be ruled by Islamic law. . . .
The administration's decision to trade women's rights for support from religious conservatives has left Iraqi women worse off today under U.S. occupation than they were under the notoriously repressive regime of Saddam Hussein.
Yifat Susskind
TomPaine.com, Aug. 18, 2005

image Violence: the sport of God. God, the progenitor of shock and awe. . .
Our democratic values are imperiled because too many people of reason are willing to appease irrational people just because they are pious. . . . Trying to learn to talk about God as Republicans do, they [Democrats] are talking gobbledygook. . .
Bullies--political bullies, economic bullies and religious bullies--cannot be appeased; they have to be opposed with a stubbornness to match their own.
Bill Moyers
"9/11 and the Sport of God"
Union Theological Seminary

TomPaine.com, Aug. 9, 2005


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