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Vol. 19 No. 9 - Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. -
November 2002

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Headline of the Month

The "discovery" of a box of bones, which some religious scholars claim belong to "Jesus' brother," made headlines and front pages throughout the United States in October. In the Capital Times (Madison, Wis.), a religious writer who is not a staff member was assigned the story; his spin was given front-page play, even though the discovery has not been authenticized. A story by Associated Press religion writer Richard N. Ostling at least contained this important qualifier: "Virtually all that is known about Jesus comes from the New Testament. No physical artifact from the first century related to him has been discovered and verified."

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Overheard

I am a nonbeliever. I like E.M. Forster's remark, "I do not believe in belief."
--Dr. Oliver Sacks
Neurologist & author

The Independent [UK], June 24, 2002

But let me go back to the question of whether seeing morality as a product of the brain licenses amorality. In practice, it is less dangerous than the idea that morality is ultimately vested in the commands of a religious authority. Nine/eleven is only the most recent example of a case where morality derived from religion leads to horrible atrocities.
--MIT Prof. Steven Pinker
Reason magazine, Oct. 2, 2002

I don't believe in God, no. I don't.
--Edwin Morgan, 82
Scotland's unofficial poet laureate
money.net, June 24, 2002

We do have freedom of religion in America, but we also have freedom from religion.
--Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor
Fox TV, Aug. 24, 2002

Richard Dawkins is right; religion is a "meme" or a mind virus. I'm an atheist, partly because I believe if there were a god, he wouldn't permit the existence of pedophile priests; he'd smite them, surely. Also, why is he flooding Prague?
--Columnist Heather Mallick
[Toronto] Globe & Mail, Aug. 30, 2002

Bush wants to put the nation on a prayer diet. For whatever ails you, Bush believes a spoonful of salvation is the answer. . . .
    It appears we are entering a new era in Washington, one where the wall separating church and state has been razed to a pile of rubble and the IRS has become one giant collection plate.
--Columnist Robyn E. Blumner
St. Petersburg Times, Sept. 15, 2002

They [Indian fascists] have mobilized human beings using the lowest common denominator--religion.
--Arundhati Roy
The Nation, Sept. 30, 2002



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