Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses. We should get rid of it as quick as we can.
Author Arthur C. Clarke, 87
Popular Science, Aug '04
(submitted by Ed Haase)
People who believe they are acting with the mandate of God, who see others who don't share their beliefs as inferior in the eyes of God, make dangerous leaders. Just ask Osama Bin Laden.
If You Had Five Minutes With the President
Where is it written that if you don't like religion you are somehow disqualified from being a legitimate American? What was Mark Twain, a Russian? When did it become unAmerican to have opinions about the origin and meaning of the universe that come from sources other than the body of dogma of organizations approved by the federal government as certifiably Judeo-Christian?
Pot Calling the Kettle Atheist"
MSNBC, June 2004
More than 60 percent of the population is not claimed by any church or religious group, and more than 30 percent say they have no religion at all. . . . As a 'None,' I look upon this state of affairs quite favorably. The pilgrims viewed the New World as 'the last redoubt of paganism,' and I like to think of the Northwest corner as the last redoubt's last stronghold.
Seattle Weekly, June 16-22, 2004
I'm a person of faith, and I know I'm surrounded by people of faith. But there's nothing conservative about allowing your administration to cross that beautiful line drawn by the founding fathers that separates affairs of church and state in the United States of America.
New York Times, July 5, 2004
Today, in 2004, both in policy and practice, the line between church and state has become increasingly blurred--even when we have vivid examples of the dangers to freedom of choice, and the tyranny that occurs when the state becomes fettered with the demands and obligation of religious beliefs and practice. To allow the wall between church and state to erode would be a violation of the blood and sacrifice of those men and women whose perseverance and tenacity have gotten us this far.
Playwright August Wilson
July 11, 2004