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Lead Us Not Into Penn Station:Provocative Pieces

National Convention

September 15-17, 2017



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Jaime Gil de Biedma

"But time has passed
and I see the unpleasant truth
Growing old, dying
is the play's only plot."

"Pero ha pasado el tiempo
y la verdad desagradable asoma:
envejecer, morir,
es el unico argumento de la obra."

Published in Freethought of the Day
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“I had left God behind years ago. I was an atheist. . . . From now on I could step firmly on the ground that was under my feet and navigate based on my own reason and self-respect. My moral compass was within myself, not in the pages of a sacred book. . . .

All life is problem solving . . . There are no absolutes; progress comes through critical thought. . . . Reason, not obedience, should guide our lives. Though it took centuries to crumble, the entire ossified cage of European social hierarchy--from kings to serfs, and between men and women, all of it shored up by the Catholic Church--was destroyed by this thought.”

Published in Freethought of the Day
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Robert Louis Stevenson

“I am religious in my own way, but I am hardly brave enough to interpose a theory of my own between life and death. Here both our creeds and our philosophies seem to me to fail.”

Published in Spotlight
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Roy Torcaso

“He was an activist to the end of his life. He just did not believe that religion should enforce its views on the whole of society. He really believed that everyone should have the right to choose their own views.”

Published in Freethought of the Day

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