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North and South were equally confident that God was on their side, and appealed incessantly to Him. Rebecca Harding Davis
Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language. Hilaire Belloc
The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality. Alexis de Tocqueville
For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel…In such sort is the devil always God's ape. Martin Luther
The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances. Joseph McCabe
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer. E. M. Forster
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. Philip K. Dick
Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power. Dan Brown
Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic. Bertrand Russell
People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy. Mikhail Bakunin
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. Thomas Paine
When you have a regime that would be happier in the afterlife than in this life, this is not a regime that is subject to classic theories of deterrence. John Bolton
To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance. Eric Hoffer
Man proposes, but God disposes. Thomas A. Kempis
Christianity is part of the Common Law of England. Matthew Hale
But you, who presume that you have at last found the best religion, or rather the best men, on whom you have pinned your credulity, you, "who know that they are the best among all who have taught, do now teach, or shall in future teach other religions. Have you examined all religions, ancient as well as modern, taught here and in India and everywhere throughout the world? And, if you, have duly examined them, how do you know that you have chosen the best" since you can give no reason for the faith that is in you? But you will say, that you acquiesce in the inward testimony of the Spirit of God, while the rest of mankind are ensnared and deceived by the prince of evil spirits. But all those outside the pale of the Romish Church can with equal right proclaim of their own creed what you proclaim of yours. Baruch Spinoza
Volumes might be written upon the impiety of the pious. Herbert Spencer
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers. Denis Diderot
What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action. Wendell Phillips
Man appoints, and God disappoints. Miguel de Cervantes
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it. Harry Emerson Fosdick
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. James Buchan
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. Arthur Schopenhauer
The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore. H. L. Mencken
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. Saul Bellow
May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not. Millard Fillmore
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. Aristotle
Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics. George J. Mitchell
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. Alexander Hamilton
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. Isaac Asimov
Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none. Joseph Smith, Jr.
I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also. John McCain
No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism. Annie Besant
There is a higher law than the Constitution. William H. Seward
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes. Gene Roddenberry
As liberty and intelligence have increased the people have more and more revolted against the theological dogmas that contradict common sense and wound the tenderest sensibilities of the soul. Catharine Beecher
It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are atheists and were religion not inculcated into their minds, they would remain so. Ernestine Rose
I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance. Christopher Marlowe
The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion. Thomas Carlyle
All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours. Aldous Huxley
No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion. Jeremy Bentham
There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Every act of his life is, in a very real sense, a religious act. Charles Eastman
Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger. Abbie Hoffman
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson
I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth. Christopher Hampton
Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person. Pope Francis I
Any body of men who believe in hell will persecute whenever they have the power. Joseph McCabe
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. Thomas Paine
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. Swami Vivekananda
The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go. Galileo Galilei
Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand. Frederick the Great
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous. David Hume
The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth. Mikhail Bakunin
A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case. Finley Peter Dunne
Religious conflict can be the bloodiest and cruelest conflicts that turn people into fanatics. William J. Brennan, Jr.
The restriction of religion to private life therefore does not necessarily threaten the vital interests of the majority religion, if there is one, and it protects minority religions from tyranny of the majority. Phillip E. Johnson
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution. Jonathan Swift
You may think the president is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord. Barbara Bush
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. Thomas Jefferson
Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. Ashley Montagu
If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. Thomas Szasz
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. C. S. Lewis
We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's handbook, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they are overloaded. Charles Kingsley
I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. George Carlin
Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics. Wendell Phillips
People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know. Brooks Atkinson
There's no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible. Sean O'Casey
No religious position is loyally served by refusing to consider annoying theories which may well turn out to be facts. Norman Lamm
Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world. William Hazlitt
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. Sigmund Freud
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. Voltaire
It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter. William Hazlitt
It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly. Margaret Mead
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. Voltaire
I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be. Diogenes
You can educate yourself right out of a relationship with God. Tammy Faye Bakker
Fascism is a religious concept. Benito Mussolini
Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion. Scott Adams
I don't believe there is a separation of church and state. I think the Constitution is very clear. The only separation is that there will not be a government church. Tom DeLay
The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy. Thomas Paine
In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny the whole of it. Charles Caleb Colton
If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop. They should certainly not get it from their politicians. Harold MacMillan
It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it. Gilbert K. Chesterton
A good education is that which prepares us for our future sphere of action and makes us contented with that situation in life in which God, in his infinite mercy, has seen fit to place us, to be perfectly resigned to our lot in life, whatever it may be. Ann Plato
He sees no need for setting apart one day in seven as a holy day, since to him all days are God's. Charles Eastman
A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection. Alexander Cockburn
This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people. John Wycliffe
The Health Service is the closest thing the English have to a religion. Nigel Lawson
The Crusaders who slaughtered their way to Jerusalem in 1099 were as Christian as the Christians of the Renaissance and of today. Hisham Melhem
Religion cannot and should not be understood by their texts alone. The lived history of a community of believers defines a religion; a great deal depends on how the custodians of the faith chose to interpret, defend and exploit or abuse its sacred texts. Hisham Melhem
Don't struggle to get what you want, but modify your wants. Buddha
We enjoin it for the commission of sins, that ... the most powerful of the nobles should vigorously gird themselves to oppose the multitude of the infidels who are now rejoicing in the victory they have gained over us ... by so much spilling of your father's blood. Eugene III
Most important of all is love. Church of Sweden
We are certainly the Lord's firstborn in this wilderness. William Stoughton
We have to offer [young Moslems] a hopeful life to compete with a glorious death. Lindsey Graham
If you don't treat [computer and Internet] security like a religious fanatic, you are going to be hurt like you can't imagine. David Aitel
Banish afar the foul worship of idols. On their alters let the blood of animals smoke no more, nor the soothsayer look for omens in warm entrails, nor the meaningless augur attend to the song of birds. Let all the images of the gods be smashed to the ground. Flaccus of York (Alcuin of York)
If we show ourselves as weak, we lose.... In the end, we want to lead the Muslim world. We can only do that with our heads held high. Amir Mohebbian
The Czar is on Earth the sole emperor of the Christians, the leader of the Apostolic Church which stands no more in Rome or Constantinople, but in the blessed city of Moscow.... Two Romes have fallen, but the third stands and the fourth there will not be. Philotheus of Pskov
We are really living in a culturally, post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend upon no longer exist. Rod Dreher
They all did it – by which I mean, virtually the entire hierarchy is complicit to a greater or lesser degree in shuffling child-molesting priests around, or keeping them in some way in a position to commit their crimes. Why? Clericalism. The clerical class is what mattered most to these people, not the children and their families... Rod Dreher
Young people are told that they are standing up for Christ and resisting America's sexualized culture by claiming virginity as a countercultural, radical stance. Amy DeRogatis
... common people may not presume by their intellect to attain to the sublime height as of revelation nor preach it to others.... There remains for them but one thing to do, to obey. Innocent III
The perversions of heresy, which has corrupted men throughout the ages, is constantly on the increase in Toulouse. We admonish your royal serenity most carefully ... and enjoin you for the omission of sins to arm yourself strongly and powerfully to root out such degenerate shoots ... You must eliminate such harmful filth ... Innocent III
I hate formality. Dalai Lama
If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa or Europe. They may be Mohammetans [Moslems] Jews or Christians or any Sect–or they may be Atheists. George Washington
We are different beings. There is nothing in life which links us together. Our names, our clothes, our foods–they are all different; our economic life, our educational ideas, our treatment of women, our attitude towards animals .... We challenge each other at every point of the compass. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
It is a risky step to interfere with the most intimate details of other people's lives while loudly claiming liberty for yourself. Douglas Laycock
The phrase 'religious liberty' has become an overused talisman. Most of the invocations lately have nothing to do with actual infringements of free exercise [of religion]. They're about political and cultural dissent from gay rights. Steve Sanders
Adapting the law to the needs of believers has long been part of the American ethos of inclusivity, but lately 'religious liberty' is being invoked to justify intolerance. Emily Bazelon
Islam, as practiced from Malaysia to Morocco, is a shame-based, patriarchal culture that values honor and face-saving from the family to the public square. Which is why the bullying often works to silence critics of Islamic extremism. Asra Nomani
There is an ideology problem in Islam. We need to revolutionize our religion. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
You have ruined politics in India by dragging up a whole lot of unwholesome elements in Indian life and giving them political prominence. It is a crime to mix up religion and politics the way you have done. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
If India wants her bloodbath, she shall have it. Mohandas K. Gandhi
The area of Pakistan shall be the geographically contiguously ... areas in which the Muslims are numerically in a majority as in the North Western and Eastern Zones of India." Muslim League
We could have a Moslem area run by Moslems as a part of the British Empire. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The uninformed Muslim will be told that the question he is being called on to answer in the polls is, 'Are you a true believer or an infidel and a traitor'. Bertrand James Glancy
Come to the so-called caliphate and live the life of some sort of glory ...; and if you can't come, kill somebody where you are; kill somebody in uniform; kill anybody; if you can cut their head off, great; videotape it; do it; do it; do it.... Kill, kill, kill. James Comey
If Pakistan becomes an imminent reality, we shall be heading straight for bloodshed on a wide scale. Non-Muslims ... are not bluffing, they will not submit peacefully to a Government that is labeled 'Muhammadan Raj'. Bertrand James Glancy
History suggests that the Sikhs to a man would fight literally to the death rather than to submit to Muslim domination.. British Intelligence
... the work of lunatics. Malik Khizar Hayat Tiwana
We will do our best to keep the trouble out of the rural areas, but if we fail, widespread massacres are inevitable. Evan Meredith Jenkins
It was a horrible sight, The mobs had swept through the area like locusts. You could see corpses laid out in the fields just outside a village , like rabbits after a shoot.... As far as I could tell the massacres seemed to be almost entirely anti-Sikh. Frank Walter Messervy
If you persuade the Sikhs to join hands with the Muslim League, we will have a glorious Pakistan, the gates of which will be ... in Delhi itself... Muhammad Ali Jinnah
I shall not lick the hand besmeared with the blood of my children, sisters, and brothers. Tara Singh
We stand on the watershed dividing the past from the future. Let us bury the past in so far as it is dead and forget all bitterness and recrimination. Let there be moderation in speech and writing.... There has been violence—shameful, degrading and revolting violence—in various parts of the country. This must end. We are determined to end it. We must make it clear that political ends ae not to be achieved by methods of violence now or in the future. Louis Mountbatten
I am not a magician. I believe that it is the Indians who have got to find out a solution. You cannot expect the British to solve all your problems. Louis Mountbatten
You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State... We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens of one State Muhammad Ali Jinnah
It is Israel's very existence as a sovereign non-Islamic entity in a land sacred to Islam and surrounded by Islam that creates the inherent tension between the tiny Jewish nation and the vast Islamic world. Ari Shavit
Every conceivable cleavage of difference: Sindhi vs. Punjabi, Mohajirs vs. Pathans, Islam vs. Secularism, Shias vs. Sunnis, Deobandis vs. Barelvis, literates vs. illiterates, Woman vs. Man, Urban vs. Rural—has been exploited to magnify dissentions, giving rise to heinous blood baths, accentuated hatred, and intolerance. Ishrat Husain
Islam proved imperfect national cement, as many different varieties of Islam competed for the allegiance of Pakistanis. William Easterly
A deist is someone who has not lived long enough to be an atheist. Denis Diderot
On the horizon loom a growing number of iconoclasts and Atheists, young black men and women who can read think and ask questions; and who impertinently demand to know why Negroes should revere a god that permits them to be lynched, Jim-Crowed, and disenfranchised. George Samuel Schuyler
From the beginning when I founded Operation Rescue, the vision was not solely to end child-killing; the vision was to recapture the power bases of America, for child- killing to be the first domino, if you will, to fall in a series of dominoes. My feeling was, and still is, once we mobilize the momentum, the manpower, the money, and all that goes with that to make child-killing illegal, we will have sufficient moral authority and moral force and momentum to get the homosexual movement back in the closet, to get the condom pushers in our schools to be back on the fringes of society. Randall Terry
... mainstream churches now spend more time preaching against apartheid and colonialism than they do against real sins like pinching secretaries and pilfering from the office coffee pool. The Southern Baptists, because they were fortunate enough to flourish in a region where the false sun of the Enlightenment never shone, succeeded in escaping this grim fate. Samuel Todd Francis
Far from being a loathsome aberration that ought to be purged from our behavior, it turns out that stereotypes are essential life tools, are accurate much more often than not. John Derbyshire
Inspire the believers to fight. Muhammad
Looking back at the worst times [in history], it always seems that they were times in which there were people who believed with absolute faith and absolute dogmatism in something. And they were so serious in the matter that they insisted that the rest of the world agreed with them. Richard P. Feynman
free will is a theologian's artifice. Friedrich Nietzsche
The institution of religion exists only to keep mankind in order ... Voltaire
We cannot judge Christianity by the Ku Klux Klan and we cannot judge Islam by the Taliban. Clovis Maksoud
God will provide. Dios proveerá. Nicolas Maduro
The Talmud. the compendium of Jewish Law. is pretty much a bunch of dudes contradicting on another... Majoriie Ingall
Sexual intercourse is a momentary affair, terminating in exhaustion and disgust. If it begins in the spirit, it soon ends in the flesh; i. e., the amative, which is spiritual, is drowned in the propagative, which is sensual. The exhaustion which follows naturally breeds self-reproach and shame, and this leads to dislike and concealment of the sexual organs, which contract disagreeable associations from the fact that they are the instruments of pernicious excess. This undoubtedly is the philosophy of the origin of shame after the fall. Adam and Eve first sunk the spiritual in the sensual, in eating the forbidden fruit; and then, having lost the true balance of their natures, they sunk the spiritual in the sensual in their intercourse with each other, by pushing prematurely beyond the amative to the propagative, and so became ashamed, and began to look with an evil eye on the instruments of their folly. John Humphrey Noyes
And therefore, every subject of this realme, for injury done to … by any other subject, be he ecclesiasticall, or temporall, free, or bond, man, or woman, old, or young, or be he outlawed, excommunicated, or any other without exception, may take his remedy by the course of the law, and have justice, and right for the injury done to him, freely without sale, fully without any deniall, and speedily without delay. Edward Coke
Wherever you look you see that the enemies of the true religion, particularly the English, the Russian, and the French, have oppressed Islam and invaded its rights in every possible way…the Moslems work and the infidels…live in luxury. The world of Islam sinks down and goes backward, and the Christian world goes forward.…The Moslems are enslaved and the infidels are the great rulers.…The time has now come for the Holy War, and by this the land of Islam shall be forever freed from the power of the infidels….This holy war has now become a sacred duty. Know ye that the blood of infidels in the Islamic lands may be shed with impunity---except Germans to whom the Moslem power has promised security and who are allied with it….The killing of infidels who rule over Islam has become a sacred duty, whether you do it secretly or openly, as the Koran has decreed: 'Take them and kill them whenever you find them. Behold we have delivered them unto your hands and given you supreme power over them.' Mehmed V
In times of impending calamity and distress; when the liberties of America are imminently endangered by the secret machinations and open assaults of an insidious and vindictive administration, it becomes the indispensable duty of these hitherto free and happy colonies, with true penitence of heart, and the most reverent devotion, publickly to acknowledge the over ruling providence of God; to confess and deplore our offences against him; and to supplicate his interposition for averting the threatened danger, and prospering our strenuous efforts in the cause of freedom, virtue, and posterity. William Livingston
That the late act of Parliament for establishing the Roman Catholic religion and the French laws in that extensive country, now called Canada, is dangerous in an extreme degree to the Protestant religion and to the civil rights and liberties of all America; and, therefore, as men and Protestant Christians, we are indispensably obliged to take all proper measures for our security... Continental Congress
We beseech thee, upon these our American states who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves upon thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on thee. To thee they have appealed for the righteousness of their Cause; to Thee do they look up, for that countenance & support which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under thy nurturing care: give them wisdom in council, valour in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries. Convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause. And if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, O! let the voice of thy unerring justice sounding in their hearts constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their enerved hands in the day of battle. Be thou present, O God of Wisdom and direct the counsels of this honorable Assembly. Enable them to settle things upon the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that harmony and peace may effectually be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they represent such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ thy son, Our Saviour, Amen. Jacob Duche
We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the Earth, inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illuminate our minds…. Peace, peace, peace be unto all. Rajan Zed
This is an abomination … This is not a religion that has produced great things in the world David Barton
This is an abomination…. No lord but Jesus Christ! Anonymous
The part of the system which provides, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States, was adopted by a great majority of the convention, and without much debate; however, there were some members so unfashionable as to think, that a belief of the existence of a Deity, and of a state of future rewards and punishments would be some security for the good conduct of our rulers. Martin Luther
Brothers: I am glad you have brought three of the Children of your principal Chiefs to be educated with us. I am sure Congress will open the Arms of love to them, and will look upon them as their own Children, and will have them educated accordingly. This is a great mark of your confidence and of your desire to preserve the friendship between the Two Nations to the end of time, and to become One people with your Brethren of the United States. My ears hear with pleasure the other matters you mention. Congress will be glad to hear them too. You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention; and to tie the knot of friendship and union so fast, that nothing shall ever be able to loosen it. George Washington
These Quakers are in general a sly artful People, not altogether destitute, as I conceive, of worldly Views in their religious Profession. Samuel Adams
Given the insults by Danish newspapers against the prophet, as of now the name of Danish pastries will give way to ‘Rose of Mohammad’ pastries … This is a punishment for those who started misusing freedom of expression to insult the sanctities of Islam. Iran Confectioners Union
It is the responsibility of journalists to be ethical. Religion is a very sensitive issue, and I think no truly professional cartoonist in the world would ever try to pick on a religion like this. There’s an informal code of ethics among cartoonists in the media, and it includes two kinds of censorship: one is self-censorship; the other is professional censorship. Religion is one of the very important things that we should respect and not criticize …. We cannot tolerate any disparagement of the Prophet. Shujaat Ali
In America we don’t apologize for opinions, that’s why we have a 1st Amendment. If we can’t discuss even controversial opinions in the pages of our newspapers, where are we going to do it? Doug Marlette
Your Petitioners apprehend we have in common with all other men a natural right to our freedoms without Being depriv'd of them by our fellow men as we are a freeborn People and have never forfeited this Blessing by any compact or agreement whatever. But we were unjustly dragged by the cruel hand of power from our dearest friends and sum of us stolen from the bosoms of our tender Parents and from a Populous Pleasant and plentiful country and Brought hither to be made slaves for Life in a Christian land. Thus are we deprived of everything that hath a tendency to make life even tolerable, the endearing ties of husband and wife we are strangers to for we are no longer man and wife then our masters or mistresses thinks proper marred or unmarried. Our children are also taken from us by force and sent many miles from us where we seldom or ever see them again there to be made slaves of for Life which sometimes is very short by Reason of Being dragged from their mothers Brest Thus our Lives are embittered to us on these accounts By our deplorable situation we are rendered incapable of showing our obedience to Almighty God how can a slave perform the duties of a husband to a wife or parent to his child How can a husband leave master and work and cleave to his wife How can the wife submit themselves to their husbands in all things. How can the child obey their parents in all things. Anonymous
To maintain this Separation (from England) is to maintain the Religion, Liberty and Property of ourselves and our Posterity; to renounce it is to Sink into the lowest meanness and Slavery. May God remove every such thought from every American Breast! Welcome first the Life of the most uncivilized Savages! Welcome Death itself and everlasting Oblivion to our race! Continental Congress
Have you not violated a fundamental principle of liberty in excluding the clergy from your Legislatures. I know their danger in a free government but I would rather see them excluded from civil power by custom than by law. They have property, wives & children, & of course are citizens of a community. Why therefore Should they be Abridged of any one privilege which Other citizens enjoy? Is it not a fact that by investing any men with more, or confining them to fewer privileges than members of a community enjoy in general we render those men the enemies of that community Perhaps all the Mischief which the clergy have done in all countries has arisen from the first of the above causes. Will not the clause in your Charter which excludes Clergymen from your Legislature hand down to posterity as well as hold up to the World an idea that you looked upon the Christian religion as well as its Ministers as unfriendly to good government? I wish our governments would treat religion of all kinds, & ministers of all denominations as if no such things or beings existed in the world. They mutually destroy each Other when any Attempts are made by either to support each other... Benjamin Rush
The Hon. Continental Congress having been pleased to allow a Chaplain to each Regiment, with the pay of Thirty-three Dollars and one third per month--The Colonels or commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains accordingly; persons of good Characters and exemplary lives--To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger--The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavor so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country.... George Washington
It is our unhappiness, in this time of danger, to have too many Calvinistic politicians, who seem to think their country will be saved by good words and warm faith, without concomitant exploits … Robert Treat Paine
We hold sacred the rights of conscience, and may promise to the whole people, solemnly in our name, the free and undisturbed exercise of their religion; and, to the clergy, the full, perfect, and peaceable possession and enjoyment of all their estates; that the government of everything relating to their religion and clergy, shall be left entirely in the hands of the good people of that province, and such legislature as they shall constitute; Provided, however, that all other denominations of Christians be equally entitled to hold offices, and enjoy civil privileges, and the free exercise of their religion, and be totally exempt from the payment of any tythes or taxes for the support of any religion Continental Congress
The Arms of the United States of America having been blessed in the present Campaign with remarkable Success, Congress have Resolved to recommend that one day, Thursday the 18th December next be Set apart to be observed by all Inhabitants throughout these States for a General thanksgiving to Almighty God… Henry Laurens
We have to act against radical preachers capable of influencing the youngest and most weak-minded .... Imams and their followers who fuel anti-western feeling among impressionable young French Muslims will be rounded up and returned to their countries of origin Nicolas Sarkozy
Many religious people are deeply suspicious. They seem — for purely religious purposes, of course — to know more about iniquity than the unregenerate. Rudyard Kipling
The African…regards the Universe as one composite whole; an organic entity, progressively driving towards greater harmony and unity whose individual parts exist merely as interdependent aspects of one whole realizing their fullest value in the corporate life where communal contentment is the absolute measure of values. African National Congress
As a body they are ignorant and wicked. Without schools, without teachers, without ministers—what will become of them? Daniel Lindley
Missionaries must not ridicule the pagan idols, nor their manner of worship; but calmly reason with them always showing the utmost benevolence; that they ought not to expose the innocent customs of the country, but as far as possible become all things to all men. Glasgow Missionary Society
Church members who buy and sell slaves and trade in such miserable people commit a sin. For these are people of the same nature as them rather than mere animals. Even though such slave trade is conducted by not only Jews, Turks, and Pagans, but so-called Christians, indeed, Dutchmen, as well. Reformed members should not taint themselves with such uncompassionate trade. Rather, they should act fully in fear of the Lord, in order that the money they make will be a blessing rather than a curse Jacobus Hondius
One of the most powerful religions in the Western world is environmentalism. Michael Crichton
Every major social movement in our history was fueled in large part by religion and faith. Abolitionism, women’s suffrage, child labor law, and most famously, civil rights. Jim Wallis
God’s Politics: Why the Right gets it wrong and the Left doesn’t get it. Jim Wallis
We didn’t have a moral majority in America. If we did, Clinton would have been impeached. Paul Weyrich
Abide by the voice of the majority, which we are told by our Master to be the voice of truth, never to be challenged, and always to be whole-heartedly enforced. Shoghi Effendi
Settle all things, both great and small, by consultation. Without prior consultation, take no important step. Effendi Abbas; Abdul Baha
The views of several individuals are assuredly preferable to one man, even as the power of a number of men is of course greater than the power of one man. Abdul Baha; Effendi Abbas
Fresh knowledge leads to recognition of the theory of evolution as more than just a hypothesis. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
The combination in time and space of all these thoughtful conceptions exhibits not only thought. It shows also premeditation, power, wisdom, greatness, prescience, omniscience, providence. In one word, all these facts in their natural connection proclaim aloud the One God, whom man may know, adore, and love. Louis Agassiz
The jihadists watch carefully what's happening in the Middle East and take heart, or lose heart, depending on what's happening. Lee Hsien Loong
You cannot Adhere to the teachings of the church on Sunday and not apply them to the marketplace on Monday. LeRoy Bailey Jr.
Every individual Moslem is brought up to believe that Islam is perfect and the Prophet is infallible. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
In a chaotic world, fundamentalism can be a moral compass. Irshad Manji
The most important message of a crucifix, to me anyway, was how unspeakably cruel supposedly sane human beings can be when under orders from a superior authority Kurt Vonnegut
A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up pretty well, particularly lessons about fairness and gentleness. People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness. Science has nothing to do with it Kurt Vonnegut
More than a century has passed since science laid down sound propositions as to the origins of the universe, but how many have mastered them or possess the really scientific spirit of criticism? A few thousands at the outside, who are lost in the midst of hundreds of millions still steeped in prejudices and superstitions worthy of savages, who are consequently ever ready to serve as puppets for religious impostors. Peter Kropotkin
Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. Jiddu Krishnamurti
There is nothing in the world that you can put your faith, your trust, or your belief in. Neither your gods, nor your science can save you, can bring you psychological certainty; and you have to accept that you can trust in absolutely nothing. That is a scientific fact, as well as a psychological fact. Because, your leaders—religious and political—and your books—sacred and profane—have all failed, and you are still confused, in misery, in conflict. So, that is an absolute, undeniable fact. Jiddu Krishnamurti
What the founders of modern science ... had to do, was not criticize and to combat certain faulty theories, and to correct or to replace them by better ones. They had to do something quite different. They had to destroy one world and replace it by another. They had to reshape the framework of our intellect itself, to restate and to reform its concepts, to evolve a new approach to Being, a new concept of knowledge, and a new concept of science — and even to replace a pretty natural approach, that of common sense, by another which is not natural at all. Alexandre Koyre
Charles Darwin was an extremely conservative man burdened with an extremely radical idea..,. The scientists of those days were almost all churchmen. David Quammen
Whatever is true transcends culture and religion. We do not talk of Christian physics or Moslem Algebra. Sam Harris
It is taboo for us to criticize religion… but we have no such prohibition regarding history or geography…. If some one tells us that Tennessee is on the West Coast of the United States we are under no obligation to respect his view. Sam Harris
We talk about extremist religious fundamentalists at the fringes of society, but today we have extremist religious fundamentalists at the fringes of the Oval Office. Sam Harris
When the last tree is felled, Christ will return to the Earth. James Wyatt
44 percent of the American People actually believe that Jesus, a historical figure, is sometime in the next 50 years, going to come down from the sky like some superhero, get the bad guys, and all will be right with the world. Sam Harris
We now know that if the crops fail, it was not caused by demons. Centuries of scientific dialogue has made a difference. Sam Harris
There is nothing specific we have to believe in order to have moral and spiritual lives. Sam Harris
The dispute between the Arabs and the Israelis is presented as a dispute over land, but it is not. It is over the incompatible religious differences in the utilization and control of the land. Sam Harris
We have religious superstitions of the Middle Ages that shape our 21st century social policies. Sam Harris
When you say “radical right” today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye. Barry Goldwater
We have become a crusader state or a missionary democracy. I think the two are interchangeable. Robert W. Merry
I don’t see a bit of danger from us having an established religion. Pat Buchanan
Do you not realize that this war is waged against the Spanish alone, and that it would therefore be a war without enemies and would be all over in a day if you did not help them to fight? Do not let yourselves be deceived, Americans, or allow them... to make you believe that we are God’s enemies and want to overthrow His holy religion... Open you eyes; remember that the Europeans are trying to set Creole against Creole while they themselves look on from a safe distance. If things turn out favorably they will take the credit for having conquered us, and will mock and despise whatever is Creole... Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
We must moderate both opulence and indigence by raising the wages of the poor, improving their habits, and lifting them above ignorance, plunder, and theft. Jose Maria Morelos
One could grant to science and history everything they seem to teach regarding the age of the world, the origin of man, the impossibility of miracles, the impossibility of the immortality of the soul, and of the resurrection of the body, the Jahvist, the Elohist, the third Isaah, and so on, without abandoning one iota of the substance of the Jewish faith. Leo Strauss
Whoever stands in enmity against one of my friends, I will declare war on him Muhammad
The wrong and unjust interpretations of the New Testament relating to the Jewish people and their supposed guilt (In Christ's death) circulated for too long, engendering sentiments of hostility toward this people. This contributed to a lulling of consciences, so that when Europe was engulfed by a wave of persecutions inspired by a pagan anti-Semitism...the spiritual resistance of many was not what humanity had a right to expect from the disciples of Christ. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop. Junius; Philip Francis
There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics as religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves. Junius; Philip Francis
Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them, capture and besiege them and prepare for them every kind of ambush…But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Muhammad
My mind revolts and my soul cannot support the weight of so much evil: theft, rape, pillage, deaths, and murders, fires and devastation; the virgin violated, the cry of the widow and the orphan; the father armed against his son and each one looking for his brother to kill him; of those who have migrated; of the thousands who have fled; of the bodies stretched out in the public streets; of the bones which cover the fields and of so much blood shed on Venezuela’s soil. Narciso Coll y Pratt
The earth is fixed and does not move. Muhammad
Don't bother to ask Allah to forgive the disbelievers. He will never forgive them. Muhammad
Those who turn away from Islam, and obey non-Muslims in some things, have been seduced by Satan….Don't obey disbelievers. Muhammad
Be stern with disbelievers. They are going to Hell anyway. Muhammad
Allah will cause Islam to prevail over all religion. Muhammad
Allah hates disbelievers. Muhammad
Allah does not hear the prayer of disbelievers. Muhammad
Stay away from non-Muslims. They are all liars. Muhammad
Those who refuse to fight for Allah will be treated, along with their children, as unbelievers. Muhammad
Don't make treaties with non-Muslims. They are all evildoers and should not be trusted. Muhammad
Disbelievers cause confusion and corruption in the land. Muhammad
Don't let the disbelievers think they can escape. They are your enemy and the enemy of Allah. Muhammad
Those that the Muslims killed were not really killed by them. It was Allah who did the killing. Muhammad
Never should a believer kill a believer; but by mistake. Muhammad
Nor marry to unbelievers until they believe. Muhammad
If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him Muhammad
Believe no one unless he follows your religion Muhammad
Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not. Muhammad
Christians are disbelievers for believing in the divinity of Christ. Muhammad
When you fight with disbelievers, do not retreat. Those who do will go to hell. Muhammad
Evil is the handiwork of the rabbis and priests. Muhammad
Don't take Jews or Christians for friends. If you do, then Allah will consider you to be one of them…. Muslims that make friends with disbelievers will face a doom prepared for them by Allah Muhammad
Those who make war with Allah and his messenger will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. That is how they will be treated in this world, and in the next they will have an awful doom Muhammad
At some point, some of these people are going to wake up to find that the great secular assault they see on their children was, in fact, a bogeyman created to hide their own bad parenting. If they can't convince their own kids of the appropriateness of their religion and values, then the religion, the values, or the convincing, must not have been very good. Keith Oberman
I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’ Jerry Falwell
God is the one who chooses our rulers. Katherine Harris
Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
The Jewish religion is not extrinsic to us but in a certain way intrinsic to our own religion. With Judaism, therefore, we have a relationship which we do not have with any other religion. You are our dearly beloved brothers, and, in a certain way, it can be said that you are our elder brothers. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
There is hardly any other sphere in which prejudice and superstition of the most horrific kind have been retained so long as in that of women, and just as it must have been an inexpressable relief for humanity when it shook off the burden of religious prejudice and superstition, I think it will be truly glorious when women become real people and have the whole world open before them. Isak Dinesen
Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally. Immanuel Kant
The public use of a man's reason must be free at all times…. But I hear people clamor on all sides: Don't argue! The military officer says: Don't argue, drill! The tax collector: Don't argue, pay! The minister: Don't argue, believe! Immanuel Kant
Hinduism has created untouchability within its caste structure. How can it talk about secularism in terms of religious equality? Kancha Ilaiah
The Turkish army will have done its duty when it defends the country from foreign aggression and frees the nation from fanaticism and intellectual slavery. The Turkish nation has fallen far behind the West. The main aim should be to lead it to modern civilization. Kemal Ataturk
Let us realize the state we are in. Let us learn what needs to be learnt. Religion and God demand it. Kemal Ataturk
In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey’s civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheikhs. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheikhs, dervishes and disciples. Kemal Ataturk
It is a disgrace for a civilized society to appeal for help to the dead. Kemal Ataturk
Political Islam is exclusive in its claims. Andrew Mango
If we are going to save America and evangelize the world, we cannot accommodate secular philosophies that are diametrically opposed to Christian truth ... We need to pull out all the stops to recruit and train 25 million Americans to become informed pro-moral activists whose voices can be heard in the halls of Congress. Jerry Falwell
AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals Jerry Falwell
The Bible is the inerrant ... word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc. Jerry Falwell
We are bound to be diligently watchful after the manner of a vigilant Shepherd and to ensure most carefully that certain people who consider the study of the truth beneath them should be driven out of the sheepfold of Christ and no longer continue to disseminate error from positions of authority. We refer in particular to those who in this age, impelled by their sinfulness and supported by their cunning, are attacking with unusual learning and malice the discipline of the orthodox Faith, and who, moreover, by perverting the import of Holy Scripture, are striving to rend the unity of the Catholic Church and the seamless tunic of the Lord. Paul IV; Giovanni Pietro Carafa
Every mosque is a breeding ground for terrorists. O'Neal Dozier
You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists …. We will annihilate the Jews. Hamas
Religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women, and coercive toward children. Christopher Hitchens
The War on Poverty did not work because it was a war on shame … a war on the family and a war on God. Marvin Olasky
Lyndon Johnson was a terrible president. He wanted to develop a great society…a great world. Marvin Olasky
The three biggest dangers to the church are homosexuals, feminists and “so called scholars”. Boyd K. Packer
We've always counseled in the Church for our Mexican members to marry Mexicans, our Japanese members to marry Japanese, our Caucasians to marry Caucasians, our Polynesian members to marry Polynesians. The counsel has been wise…. Plan, young people, to marry into your own race. Boyd K. Packer
I do not believe that the totality of the Islamic world recognizes the Taliban interpretation of the faith as being representative of its own view. There is no unanimity in Islam with regard to this interpretation. Generally you will see as much diversity in the Islam as you do in the Christian world today. But the West does not really understand the pluralism of the Islamic world. Aga Khan IV
I desire to know wherefore why I am banished. Anne Hutchinson
Anne Hutchinson’s preaching to both women and men in her home is a thing not tolerable nor comely in the sight of God, nor fitting for her sex. John Winthrop
For more than fifty years the question of slavery has been more or less a subject of discord and contention; and, more recently, in some shape or other, it has been continually coming up in the councils of the nation, in the State Legislatures of the non-slaveholding States, before the people of the North, as an issue in elections, local and federal, and before the people of the South as an offset to its agitation at the North, to be considered with reference to its vindication as one of the essential elements of our society, its maintenance as an institution for the public good, and the protection of our rights, originating in it and under it, as the great God-given guaranty of the freedom of the white man through the thralldom of the black -- the accomplishment of the destiny of the African and Anglo-Saxon races by an observance and enforcement of the relations between them designed and decreed by divinity. Enquirer
How different has been the course pursued by the Unitarian party. How few of that numerous body, powerful from wealth and education, whether ministers or laymen, have placed themselves by the side of the suffering bondman. The freedom of discussion, which was fearlessly applied to metaphysical doctrines and theological subtleties, was found to be a dangerous weapon when it was used for the examination of an institution, the ramification of which entwined themselves around every altar of mammon worship Edmund Quincy
What has the North to do with slavery? What have we to do with it, indeed! when it encircles us like the air we breathe -- as invisible but as ever near us -- when it makes our laws, controls our interests, appoints our rulers, sets a price upon our heads, demands the sacrifice of our free utterance, disfranchises in one half the States the citizens when the Constitution has made free every where--when it makes Religion its pander, and the Church its sanctuary! Edmund Quincy
If God wanted, he could have created all mankind as one religion. He created many different ways so we will cooperate. Amr Khaled
… the Middle East has experienced a general ‘Islamization’ and radicalization of society ensuing from the rigid religious and often intolerant character of the civil society organizations now performing functions previously in the hands of state authorities. Omar Encarnacion
Hamas is a political-religious movement systematically throwing shackles on the mind. Sari Nusseibeh
Arabic is the language of Islam, but Arabic culture is not the culture of Islam. Tariq Ramadan
Conspiracy theories are the way Muslims avoid facing up to their responsibility to be self-critical. Tariq Ramadan
Muslims have to understand that there is an old tradition in secular Western society to make fun of everything. Tariq Ramadan
I condemn suicide bombings; it’s not acceptable as a Muslim to kill innocent people. It’s explainable. But explainable doesn’t mean justifiable. Tariq Ramadan
For a respectable person, dishonor is worse than death. Bhagavad Gita
If … you do not perform your religious duty of fighting, then you will certainly commit a sin of neglecting your duty. Bhagavad Gita
Democracy is not relevant here, it is not important. Faith is more important to us. Huda Issa
The lawsuits we are seeing today to ostracize and prevent different ideas recall previous eras. We must understand that Islam has given man freedom of thought. Islam's history proves that no one is immune to error except the Prophet. Gamal Al-Banna
Terrorists Abdel Karim Suleiman
Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma. So is the safety of passengers... It is His duty, not mine. I have been forced to don His mantle. Lalu Prasad Yadav
I believe many of our country's differences stem from the lack of genuine appreciation of the cultures and religious traditions and beliefs of our various communities. Laisenia Qarase
There’s another force that wants to keep us from going to Washington DC. It is the devil. John Jacob
I had a drinking problem. Right now I should be in a bar in Texas, not the Oval Office. There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar. I found faith. I found God. I am here because of the power of prayer. George W. Bush
George W. Bush, the man, is a person of profound faith and deep compassion for those who suffer. But President George W. Bush is a politician and is ultimately no different from any other politician, content to use religion for electoral gain more than for good works. David Kuo
Money. All these guys care about is money. They want money. How much money have we given them? George W. Bush
Christ would not vote for Barack Obama, because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that is inconceivable for Christ to have behaved Alan Keyes
I was drawn to the power of the African American religious tradition to spur social change. Out of necessity, the black church had to minister to the whole person. Out of necessity, the black church rarely had the luxury of separating individual salvation from collective salvation. It had to serve as the center of the community’s political, economic and social as well as spiritual life; it understood in an intimate way the Biblical call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and challenge powers and principalities Barack Obama
George W. Bush has merged church and state while trying to keep it apart in Iraq. Maureen Dowd
I believe in an America where the separation of Church and State is absolute—where no Catholic prelate would tell the President, should he be a Catholic, how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners how to vote.... I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant or Jewish ... for while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew—or a Quaker—or a Unitarian—or a Baptist. John F. Kennedy
You must avoid letting anyone usurp your freedom of thought in any way, whether on religious or other grounds. People must use their minds and think and there are situations where the use of the intellect is necessary so that excessive fantasy or fancy can be held in check. Quaboos bin Said
Obstinacy in religious understanding leads to backwardness as in Muslims’, prevalence of violence and intolerance. Quaboos bin Said
Extremism, under whatever guise, fanaticism of whatever kind, factionalism of whatever persuasion would be faithful, poisonous plants and the soil of our country which will not be allowed to flourish. Quaboos bin Said
He was murdered by every member of the gospel who has remained silent about racial discrimination—who has hidden behind the stained glass windows of his church.. He was murdered by every Negro who accepted segregation. Martin Luther King Jr.
And if we are the ones not actively involved in electing those godly men and women and if people aren’t involved in helping godly men in getting elected than we’re going to have a nation of secular laws. That’s not what our founding fathers intended and that’s certainly isn’t what God intended. Katherine Harris
Thank you for your very detailed letter regarding Scientology. We haven't yet found a way to attack these jackals who feed on children and young adults who are too emotionally weak to stand by themselves when they reach the age of consent. It's too bad there isn't a 20th Century Charles Dickens to write about the terrible destruction of these 20th Century Fagins who make themselves rich while they destroy the psyche of so many. Leo J. Ryan
If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue peace . . . Don't ever defend. Always attack. L. Ron Hubbard
The blood of the infidels flowed so copiously at Thanesar that the stream was discoloured, notwithstanding its purity, and people were unable to drink it. The Sultan returned with plunder which is impossible to count. Tarikh-i-Yamini of Utbi
One of the most constant characteristics of beliefs is their intolerance. The stronger the belief, the greater its intolerance. Men dominated by a certitude cannot tolerate those who do not accept it. Gustave Le Bon
Liberalism is the world's religion. We do not have the right to insult liberalism Mohammed Khatami
There is an obvious and sometimes truly pathetic desire of Congressmen to be identified in the popular mind with those individuals who want more godliness in the schools and more fervor in our public piety. Robert F. Drinan
There is always a certain non-denominational piety which we expect from our President …. There are over 100 million Americans who have no religious affiliation. Robert F. Drinan
The dominant national religion is and shall be the sacred Roman Catholic faith with all ii laws. Passage from the dominant religion to any other confession is forbidden under penalties of apostasy. Inasmuch as the same holy faith bids us love our neighbors, we owe to all persons, of whatever persuasion, peace in their faith and the protection of the government, and therefore we guarantee freedom to all rites and religions in the Polish lands, in accordance with the laws of the land. Poland
Countries with high levels of atheism also are the most charitable in terms of giving foreign aid to the developing world. The dubious link between Christian literalism and Christian values is also belied by other indices of charity. Sam Harris
If God himself did not compel obedience, than no man should try. Jon Meacham
The reason religion has thrived in America is because we have a free market in religion. I am opposed to theocracy. Rick Warren
For preventing disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonor of God and offense of others: it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shilling as a fine to the county. Massachusetts Bay Colony
It always has been, and always will be the position of The Independent that the white folks will prepare Jim Crow accommodations for Negroes just so long as the race produces a Jim Crow leadership. Men would not make cotton, corn and other commodities to sell if there was no market for them; and in like manner, the white man would not offer the Negro second class or Jim Crow accommodations if the Negro would not accept them; and the Negro may expect to be Jim Crowed, buzzard-roosted, discriminated against, kicked about, kicked off the street cars and hauled on elevators with trash and garbage, boxes and plunder, so long as he submits to such conditions and grins at the white man with his hat in his hand. The Independent is informed that Billy Sunday will preach to the Jim Crow Negroes of Atlanta in the Jim Crow meeting provided for Negroes only in his tabernacle Monday night. Now, the gospel of Jesus Christ knows no color line. It is as susceptible to the black man as the white man. Jesus died for all; not for the white folk or for the black folk, but for every man who would seek him diligently in spirit and truth; and, if Billy Sunday can’t preach to Negroes and white folks under the same tent, at the same time, then he ought not to preach to either Benjamin Jefferson Davis Sr.
For all Sunday’s denouncing of sins, he never mentioned rotten, stinking, hell-born race prejudice. It is pitiable when we think of the thousands of white men in this country, claiming to be ministers of the gospel,—claiming to be ambassadors of God, representatives of Jesus Christ; and yet sitting down quietly in the midst of this spreading leprosy of race prejudice, and doing nothing to stay its ravages, content to have it spread, and to curse, as it is doing, both races,—embittering the Negro and debasing the white man. Francis J. Grimke
That sort of fundamentalism which treats possession of private property not as a desirable economic and personal asset but as a condition of liberty is a form of primitive religion. Neil Kinnock
Some cultures and some religions do better than others in promoting democracy and prosperity…. Where culture is adverse, a blind belief in the power of freedom is a frail foundation for U. S. policy. Lawrence E. Harrison
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I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given. I came to the conclusion long ago … that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu … But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian. Mohandas K. Gandhi
All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away Mahavir; Niggantha Nathaputta
The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles Mohandas K. Gandhi
The Arab individual does not elect from among people of different opinions who represent different currents. The Arab is accustomed to voting according to pre-determined concepts. Whoever represents this pre-determined concept... The nationalist will vote for a nationalist, and the communist will vote for a communist. These are all types of religious sects. The tribal and sectarian structure has not disintegrated, and has not melted down into the new structure of democracy and the democratic option. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
There can be no living culture in the world if you cannot criticize its foundations –- the religion. We lack the courage to ask any question about any religious issue. For example, as a Muslim, I cannot say a single word about the Prophet Moses. The Prophet Moses did not say anything to me as a Muslim, whereas the Israeli Jew can criticize Moses and all the prophets in the Torah, and he can even question the divinity of the Torah. We, in Arab society, do not understand the meaning of freedom. We say that freedom means writing an article. Freedom is much deeper than that. Ali Ahmed Said; Adonis
Authentic religion does not require politicians Barry W. Lynn
When the government says to you that they want to help you be more religious, you want to run away from them as fast as possible. Barry W. Lynn
How do we stop ourselves from blowing each other up because we think that God wants us to blow each other up. John C. Danforth
No religion deserves a privileged place in American life—not even my own. Richard Cizik
There is nothing as potentially polarizing as religion. John C. Danforth
Religion is as much a living spring of violence today as it was at any time in the past. The recent conflicts in Palestine (Jews versus Muslims), the Balkans (Orthodox Serbians versus Catholic Croatians; Orthodox Serbians versus Bosnian and Albanian Muslims), Northern Ireland (Protestants versus Catholics), Kashmir (Muslims versus Hindus), Sudan (Muslims versus Christians and animists), Nigeria (Muslims versus Christians), Ethiopia and Eritrea (Muslims versus Christians), Sri Lanka (Sinhalese Buddhists versus Tamil Hindus), Indonesia (Muslims versus Timorese Christians), Iran and Iraq (Shiite versus Sunni Muslims), and the Caucasus (Orthodox Russians versus Chechen Muslims; Muslim Azerbaijanis versus Catholic and Orthodox Armenians) are merely a few cases in point. In these places religion has been the explicit cause of literally millions of deaths in the last 10 years. Sam Harris
The world would have peace if the men of politics would only follow the Gospel. Bridget of Sweden; Birgitta
That both Muslim fundamentalists and the Christian right are today focusing their attempts to regain control in a rapidly changing world on frantic efforts to maintain control over women, particularly over women's sexuality. Moreover, given their mythologies about "holy wars," it is also understandable that they should use "divinely approved" violence to do so… Riane Eisler
Rather than being any longer a threat to the established … order, Christianity became what practically all this earth's religions, launched in the name of spiritual enlightenment and freedom, have also become: a powerful way of perpetuating that order. Riane Eisler
Economics precedes religion; worship grew out of eating, not the other way around. Anne Roiphe
Almost every one of the great religions of the world has made special provisions for them, and the woman who has preferred a celibate to a domestic life has been able to occupy a position of honor and usefulness Mary Livermore
No future life could heal the degradation of having been a woman. Religion in the world had nothing but insults for women. Dorothy Miller Richardson
Quaker meetings were the first enclaves in American society in which women were encouraged to speak out in public Gail Thain Parker
The question of the admission of women is one that has come up often over the past 25 years and is sure to be reopened in the future …. One cannot wholly escape the rather ungenerous suspicion that many a young woman enters divinity school with the unsuspected hope that she may become a minister's wife. Whether or not women are going to be welcome and effective as parish ministers is not a problem which we can decide. That decision will have to be made by trial and error in the churches. I have no convictions and no wisdom on this matter. Willard Sperry
For more than six thousand years the history of woman has been one of hopeless sadness. She moved only to the clank of chains, and her vain desire for better and higher things could not find expression, for woman was by force of circumstances inarticulate. Detraction of one sex and exaltation of the other became a habit of mind expressed in law, in religion, in literature as well as in the ordinary activities of everyday life. Maude Glasgow
No religion can be built on force. George Sand
The concept of religious tolerance has been stretched to its outer limits, implying freedom from criticism and the nonpayment of taxes. Neither patriotism nor religion should be justification for the suspension of reason. Sarah J. McCarthy
I regard irreligious people as pioneers. If there had been no priesthood the world would have advanced ten thousand times better than it has now. Anandabai Joshee
One of the effects of modern liberal Protestantism has been gradually to turn religion into poetry and therapy, to make truth vaguer and vaguer and more and more relative, to banish intellectual distinctions, to depend on feeling instead of thought, and gradually to come to believe that God has no power, that he cannot communicate with us, cannot reveal himself to us, indeed has not done so, and that religion is our own sweet invention. Flannery O'Connor
From a biological viewpoint, patriarchal religion denied women the natural rights of every other mammalian female: the right to choose her stud, to control the circumstances of her mating, to occupy and govern her own nest, or to refuse all males when preoccupied with the important business of raising her young. Barbara G. Walker
Religion's war against fringe beliefs is not a contest of rational and irrational. It is a contest between different fantasy systems, one having more political and financial clout than the others and, therefore, able to advertise itself into respectability. Barbara G. Walker
May it please you to take away my life rather than the old religion. Mary I
The political parties use religion for their own interests and whenever they find any criticism about religion, they can't tolerate it, so they ban the book. Taslima Nasrin
Every religion oppresses women. I talk about the Koran because I know this book best. It allows for torture and other mistreatment, especially for women. And I despise the Sharia laws. They cannot be changed. They must be thrown out, abolished. Taslima Nasrin
The idea that each individual has intrinsic, God-given value and is of infinite worth quite apart from any social contribution -- an idea most pagans would have rejected as absurd -- persists today as the ethical basis of western law and politics. Our secularized western idea of democratic society owes much to that early Christian vision of a new society -- a society no longer formed by the natural bonds of family, tribe, or nation but by the voluntary choice of its members. Elaine Pagels
Christianity has been global for hundreds of years before anyone used the word globalism. Rick Warren
Will Islam modernize or will it be stuck where it has been for hundreds of years? Rick Warren
Black Sabbath Anonymous
The time seems right for a new conception of association within the Commonwealth, not necessarily owing allegiance to the Crown, especially for those countries which have no ties of blood, culture, or religion Hubert Elvin Rance
What is really happening here is the radicalization of the Moslems throughout the world. Lee H. Hamilton
There is no difference between Muslim life, Christian life or Jewish life. Esam Omeish
We cannot, if we would, delude ourselves about the true state of this dreadful contest. It is a religious war. Edmund Burke
God hath made of one blood all nations of men. Book of Acts
If you are a Christian, you are in danger. Even if you are an atheist, you are in danger, and if you decide to convert to Islam, this will not save you, either, because traditional Islam is inimical to the conditions and objectives set by them [the terrorists]. If you are prepared to become a most radical Islamist and are prepared to circumcise yourself, I invite you to come to Moscow. I will recommend having the operation done in such a way that nothing will grow for you there anymore. Vladimir Putin
Sectarianism, bigotry, and it's horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. Swami Vivekananda
Religion has no business to formulate social laws. Swami Vivekananda
Say, some … that it is impossible to translate the scripture into English, some that it is not lawful for the lay people to have it in their mother tongue, some that it would make them all heretics — as it would no doubt from many things which they of long time have falsely taught, and that is the whole cause wherefore they forbid it, though they other cloaks pretend. And some, or rather every one, say that it would make them rise against the King… William Tyndale
I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that drives the plough to know more of the Scripture, than he does. William Tyndale
My prison shall be my grave before I will budge a jot; for I owe my conscience to no mortal man. William Penn
… a gospel of dirt Thomas Carlyle
The Sword and its law have existed from the beginning of the world. The use of force can never prevent heresy. Martin Luther
Religious experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others. William O. Douglas
I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change another's creed Thomas Jefferson
It is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be judged. Thomas Jefferson
One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it. Bertrand Russell
Government oppressed the body of the wage-slave, but Religion oppressed his mind, and poisoned the stream of progress at its source. Upton Sinclair
The different religions have never overlooked the part played by the sense of guilt in civilization Sigmund Freud
A religion, even if it calls itself a religion of love, must be hard and unloving to those who do not belong to it Sigmund Freud
Democracy is nothing but the Tyranny of Majorities, the most abominable tyranny of all, for it is not based on the authority of a religion, not upon the nobility of a race, not on the merits of talents and of riches. It merely rests upon numbers and hides behind the name of the people. Pierre Joseph Proudhon
I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone. Charles Darwin
Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established. And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace. Muhammad
Fight them until there is no more disbelievers and all submit to the religion of Allah alone in the whole world. Muhammad
The antagonism between science and religion, about which we hear so much, appears to me purely factitious, fabricated on the one hand by short-sighted religious people, who confound ... theology with religion; and on the other by equally short-sighted scientific people who forget that science takes for its province only that which is susceptible of clear intellectual comprehension. Thomas Huxley
To exempt the church from taxation is to pay part of the priest's salary. Robert G. Ingersoll
… the ravings of a maniac Thomas Jefferson
To the corruptions of Christianity I am, indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. Thomas Jefferson
Moral crusade: Public activity undertaken by middle-aged men who are cheating on their wives or diddling little boys. Moral crusades are particularly popular among those seeking power for their own personal pleasure, politicians who can't think of anything useful to do with their mandates, and religious professionals suffering from a personal inability to communicate with their god. John Ralston Saul
Why are we the chosen people? We must set a good example to the entire world because we are better qualified than all other nations. It is not because we are more idealistic than them, but because we suffered from tyranny more than all other nations. For that reason we are more prepared to seek counsel that will end tyranny from the land. Yehuda Ashlag
Yes I drink, but at least I don't drink blood! Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Scientology, how about that? You hold on to the tin cans and then this guy asks you a bunch of questions, and if you pay enough money you get to join the master race. How's that for a religion? Frank Zappa
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him against the liberty of his fellow-men Kemal Ataturk
I think people attack me because they are fearful that I will then say that you're not equally as patriotic if you're not a religious person. ... I've never said that. I've never acted like that. I think that's just the way it is. George W. Bush
Now let it be written in history and on Mr. Lincoln's tombstone: `He died an unbeliever.’ William H. Herndon
He declared frequently that he would do anything to save the Union, and among the many things he did was the partial concealment of his individual religious opinions. New York World
The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty. Thomas Paine
And every denomination of Christians, demeaning themselves peaceably and as good subjects of the commonwealth, shall be equally under the protection of the law; and no subordination of any sect or denomination to another shall ever be established by law.. John Adams
The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves…these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ. Thomas Jefferson
Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear. Thomas Jefferson
Once started religious strife has a tendency to go on and on, to become permanent feuds. Mahathir Mohamad
What influence in fact have ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on reigns of Civil authority; in many cases they have seen the upholding of the throne of political tyranny: In no instance have they been seen to be the guardians of the liberty of the people. James Madison
But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State Thomas Jefferson
Good people do good things. Bad people do bad things. But it takes religion to make good people do bad things. Steven Weinberg
The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him a ride. H. L. Mencken
Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses. Arthur C. Clarkee
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
With all due respect to those dear people … God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew. Bailey Smith
There are many paths up the Mountain, but the view of the moon from the top is the same. Japanese Proverb
Everything here in Europe turns into rottenness--- religion, laws, arts, sciences--- and everything hastens to renew itself in America. Ferdinand Galliani
If a political party becomes a sectarian party, that is a problem…. Dividing the country along religious lines is just not worth any possible benefit. John C. Danforth
We should accept diversity and pluralism and learn to live in them, and learn how to grow in them, without losing our identity and compromising ourselves Bartholomew I
Believing in each culture's right to be understood by the other party without any form of falseness or distortion is paramount. Muhammad Sayid Tantawi
Most of the conflict in the world today has religious causes so religious leaders can be instrumental in bringing peace. Yona Metzger
The Republican Party has become the party of one branch of one religion. John C. Danforth
The error of the Christian right is that in its attempt to codify the requirements of faith in a legislative program, it crowds out the demands of the Love Commandment …. ‘Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself.’[ John C. Danforth
Is there any wonder that there can be no peace in a world where everything possible is done to guarantee that the youth of every nation will grow up absolutely without moral and religious discipline, and without the shadow of an interior life, or of that spirituality, charity and faith which alone can safeguard the treaties and agreements made by governments? Thomas Merton
In Islam, the ideal system of appointment of the Ameer [Chief Executive] is that of Shura (consultation) with the Ulama. The Ulama or the senior and responsible members of the society should appoint the Ameer, who will then appoint his government. This is the most preferred method. However, should a proper Islamic government be established by other methods, e.g. monarchy, then as long as they rule in accordance with the Sharia, they will be a valid Islamic government. Moulana Imraan Vawda
St. Peter had no more authority than the other apostles, and was not the head over the other apostles; and that Christ left behind no head of the church, and did not appoint anyone as his vicar The emperor has the right to make and depose popes and to punish them All priests, whether pope or archbishop or simple priest, are, in accordance with the appointment of Christ, of equal authority and jurisdiction The whole church together can not punish any man with coactive punishment, without the permission of the emperor Marsilius of Padua
Two there are, august emperor, by which this world is chiefly ruled, the sacred authority of the priesthood and the royal power... In the order of religion, in matters concerning the reception and right administration of the heavenly sacraments, you ought to submit yourself rather than rule... The bishops themselves, recognizing that the imperial office was conferred on you by divine disposition, obey your laws so far as the sphere of public order is concerned. Gelasius I
The right of holding slaves is clearly established by the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example. In the Old Testament …. Had the holding of slaves been a moral evil, it cannot be supposed, that the inspired Apostles, who feared not the faces of men, and were ready to lay down their lives in the cause of their God, would have tolerated it, for a moment, in the Christian Church …. The Christian golden rule, of doing to others, as we would they should do to us, has been urged as an unanswerable argument against holding slaves. But surely this rule is never to be urged against that order of things, which the Divine government has established. Richard Furman
Verily, there are many of the [Jewish] rabbis and the [Christian] monks who devour the wealth of mankind in falsehood, and hinder [them] from the Way of Allah Muhammad
If they … attack your religion with disapproval and criticism, then fight the leaders of disbelief … Muhammad
The priesthood has in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. John Adams
The alliance between church and state in England, has ever made their judges accomplice in the frauds of the clergy. Thomas Jefferson
I hope to see the day when as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over … Jerry Falwell
If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it. Thomas Carlyle
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of people would die for Him. Napoleon Bonaparte
As a matter of history, schoolchildren can and should properly be informed of all aspects of this Nation's religious heritage. I would see no constitutional problem if schoolchildren were taught the nature of the Founding Father's religious beliefs and how these beliefs affected the attitudes of the times and the structure of our government Lewis F. Powell Jr.
Piety and virtue lie in obedience and conformity, while nothing is more repugnant than change and innovation. Nabih Amin Faris
My abilities, I well know, are not of the superior kind, but it will be my study to do what is right; and with the assistance of abler counsel, I trust that religion and learning, as well as the rights of human kind, will be advanced and protected under the new government. Thomas Hartley
Both Houses having resolved to accompany the President after he shall have taken the Oath, to St. Paul’s Chapel, to hear divine service, to be performed by the Chaplain of Congress,… United States Congress
Muslims’ Road Saudi Arabia
There is this political ideology in the Muslim world that says that nations should be ruled by religious law…. Mali and Senegal are the exceptions. Yaroslav Trofimov
We can fight a good war. If we get involved in a war where we feel our survival is threatened, we will dedicatedly fight. But I think any dedicated institution, especially a religious organization, will do that. That is the history of religion. David Miscavige
It is all very well to idealise poverty and associate wisdom with begging bowls, or virtue with low estate. However, those who have done this (Buddhists, Christians, Communists and other fanatics) have dead ended or are dead ending L. Ron Hubbard
When you move off a point of power, pay all your obligations on the nail, empower all your friends completely and move off with your pockets full of artillery, potential blackmail on every erstwhile rival, unlimited funds in your private account and the addresses of experienced assassins and go live in Bulgravia and bribe the police. L. Ron Hubbard
Find some plants, trees, etc., and communicate to them individually until you know they received your communication. L. Ron Hubbard
We have our hands on an appalling bit of technology where the world is concerned. With rapidity and a Meter it can be shown that Heaven is a false dream and that the old religion was based on very painful lie, cynical betrayal. L. Ron Hubbard
The whole Christian movement is based on the victim. Compulsion of the overt-motivator sequence. They won by appealing to victims. We can win by converting victims. Christianity succeeded by making people into victims. We can succeed by making victims into people L. Ron Hubbard
While the world may be dramatizing, the Scientologists are out there, making the “Saints of yesteryear”, look like little children David Miscavige
Treat all skirmishes like wars. L. Ron Hubbard
Hubbard said psychiatry was part of a vast conspiracy to destroy his newly formed church and control mankind. Recent Scientology films still attack psychiatrists as potential killers. Forrest Sawyer
We shall not build, in our cities or in their neighborhood, new monasteries, Churches, convents, or monks' cells, nor shall we repair, by day or by night, such of them as fall in ruins or are situated in the quarters of the Muslims. We shall not manifest our religion publicly nor convert anyone to it. We shall not prevent any of our kin from entering Islam if they wish it. We shall show respect toward the Muslims, and we shall rise from our seats when they wish to sit. We shall not mount on saddles, nor shall we gird swords nor bear any kind of arms nor carry them on our persons. We shall not sell fermented drinks. We shall not display our crosses or our books in the roads or markets of the Moslems We shall not bury our dead near the Moslems Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
The Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right. James Madison
No religious consensus is possible in the United States, and to impose one would be both unconstitutional and unjust. Charles C. Haynes
In a pluralistic society, public schools are places for persons of all faiths and none. Schools may neither promote nor denigrate any religion. Charles C. Haynes
Knowledge about religions is not only characteristic of an educated person, but is also absolutely necessary for understanding and living in a world of diversity. National Council for the Social Studies
The [public] school’s approach to religion is academic, not devotional. • The school strives for student awareness of religions, but does not press for student acceptance of any religion. • The school sponsors study about religion, not the practice of religion. • The school may expose students to a diversity of religious views, but may not impose any particular view. • The school educates about all religions; it does not promote or denigrate religion. • The school informs students about various beliefs; it does not seek to conform students to any particular belief. Public Education Religion Studies Center at Wright State University
Students have the right to pray individually or in groups or to discuss their religious views with their peers so long as they are not disruptive. Because the Establishment Clause does not apply to purely private speech, students enjoy the right to read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals, pray before tests, and discuss religion with other willing student listeners. In the classroom, students have the right to pray quietly except when required to be actively engaged in school activities (e.g., students may not decide to pray just as a teacher calls on them). In informal settings, such as the cafeteria or in the halls, students may pray either audibly or silently, subject to the same rules of order as apply to other speech in these locations. However, the right to engage in voluntary prayer does not include, for example, the right to have a captive audience listen or to compel other students to participate. Anonymous
The right to engage in voluntary prayer or religious discussion free from discrimination does not include the right to have a captive audience listen or to compel other students to participate. Charles C. Haynes
Our first challenge in America today is simply to open our eyes to these changes, to discover America anew, and to explore the many ways in which the new immigration has changed the religious landscape of our cities and towns, our neighborhoods and schools. Diana Eck
The public schools belong to all Americans. As guardians of our constitutional principles, teachers and administrators have a special obligation and responsibility to protect the religious liberty rights of students of all faiths and none, and to ensure that religion and religious conviction are treated with fairness and respect… American Assembly on Religion in Public Life
In the instant case, it is undisputed that the Cobb County School Board used the money of taxpayers to produce and place the Sticker in dispute in certain of the Cobb County School District science textbooks. This Sticker aids the beliefs of Christian fundamentalists and creationists. In light of the prior interpretation of the Georgia Constitution provision challenged by the Plaintiffs and given the Court's conclusion above that the Sticker violates the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment, the Court likewise concludes that the Sticker runs afoul of the Georgia Constitution. Clarence Cooper
This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered. Cobb County School Board
No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, cult, or religious denomination or of any sectarian institution Georgia
Undirected natural processes like the Darwinian mechanism are incapable of generating the specified complexity that exists in biological organisms … the natural sciences need to leave room for design. William A. Dembski
It is our responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the instruction of the church and its members. Presbyterian Church
Our secularism is hard-won, the product of centuries of political, intellectual, and sometimes physical courage. Secularism is the institutionalization of doubt, or more precisely of respect for doubt. It is harder to love doubt than to love freedom. So we are grudging about our secularism, and some of us are a little ashamed of it. Hendrik Hertzberg
Free, Proud and on the Move: Godless Americans March on Washington Anonymous
Whether we like it or not, religion and government policy are unavoidably linked. Hugh Heclo
We will uphold absolute social and political equality for all its citizens without distinction of religion, race or sex…. We urge Arabs to take part in the building of the state on the basis of full and equal citizenship and on the basis of appropriate representation in all its institutions, provisional and permanent. Israel
When a society is economically dominant, it is easy for its members to assume that such dominance reflects a deeper superiority—whether religious, racial, genetic, ethnic, cultural, or institutional—rather than an accident of timing or geography. Jeffrey Sachs
Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness. Book of Timothy
Let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law. And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home I Book of Corinthians
Slaves, obey your masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ. Book of Ephesians
Let every person be obedient to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. ... the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer Book of Romans
The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them Albert Einstein
In Islam's golden age, so much progress was made that it became the basis of the European Renaissance. We Muslims have to change ourselves, that's the main difference. We can't keep blaming America or Israel for our misery. Irshad Manji
No human being or society ... ever did or ever will come to much unless their conduct was governed and guided by the love of some ethical ideal Thomas Huxley
Responsibility: A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star. Ambrose Bierce
Free societies allow for the reinvention of self and the evolution of faith. Irshad Manji
I have fifteen; I know no one who has more; but some of those sealed to me are old ladies whom I regard rather as mothers than wives, but whom I have taken home to cherish and support. Brigham Young
It is in the nature of man to like what he is familiar with and in what he has been brought up, and that he fears anything alien. The plurality of religions and their mutual intolerance result from the fact that people remain faithful to the education they receive. Moses Maimonides; Rambam
Philosophers are best able to understand properly the allegorical passages of the Koran on the basis of their logical training. There is no religious stipulation that all such passages have to be interpreted literally. Averroes; Abu'l Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd Al-Qurtubi
If you look into the traditional arguments – Hadith -- about this problem, you will find them contradictory ….. There are many verses of The Koran, which by their universal nature teach that all the things are predestined and that man is compelled to do his acts; then there are verses which say that man is free in his acts and not compelled in performing them. Averroes; Abu'l Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd Al-Qurtubi
He who departs from consensus is not an infidel. Averroes; Abu'l Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd Al-Qurtubi
Your petitioners most sadly weighing the present wretched condition of this divided nation; and having too just cause to fear the bitter and fatal consequences of a civil war already broken out amongst us even to the effusion of abundance of blood in several parts of this kingdom, out of piety towards God and pity towards men; do humbly represent unto your lordships the great and unhappy divisions both in church and state of which the bloody rebels in Ireland take advantage, the common safety is infested and endangered, the face of religion is greatly disfigured, commerce and trade the only support of this City exceedingly impaired, whereof none can be equally sensible with us; those with whom we trade in most parts of this, and the kingdom of Ireland much disabled and impoverished by the violence and rapine of soldiers, some of them totally despoiled, others fearing the like measure, the multitude of poor people in and about this City (who by reason of cessation of trade want employment and consequently bread) infinitely abound; sadness of heart, famine, misery, and utter ruin attend us and the whole nation in this condition; besides two great armies being almost at an interview in the bowels of the kingdom ready for another fearful encounter unless a happy mutual concurrence of his majesty, your lordships, and the honourable House of Commons speedily intervene. Anonymous
There are two principles by which the world is ruled: the authority of priests and the royal power. The authority of priests is the greater because God will demand an accounting of them even in regard to kings. Thomas Becket
The king of England, though in certain respects he is not as religious as we would wish, still shows himself to be more acceptable than other kings... he neither destroys nor sells the churches of God.. and he bound priests by oath to dismiss their wives. Gregory VII (Saint Hildebrand)
The white race seems to me to blame in saying that all the reason for its interference in Africa is the improvement of the native African, and then to start on altering African institutions without in the least understanding them. It seems to me that the leading men among the European educated Africans have depended too much on the religious side of the question. Mary Kingsley
Whilst we devoutly return thanks to the beneficent Being who has been pleased to breathe into them the spirit of conciliation and forgiveness, we are bound with peculiar gratitude to be thankful to Him that our own peace has been preserved through so perilous a season… Thomas Jefferson
Christianity is the most materialistic of all great religions. William Temple
I call Christianity the one great curse, the one enormous and innermost perversion, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are too venomous, too underhand, too underground and too petty - I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind. Friedrich Nietzsche
The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one. Mere reason is insufficient to convince us of its veracity: and whoever is moved by faith to assent to it, is conscious of a continued miracle in his own person, which subverts all the principles of his understanding, and gives him a determination to believe what is most contrary to custom and experience. David Hume
Christianity has done a great deal for love by making a sin of it. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
Christianity, of course, but why journalism? Arthur Balfour
No kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ. Charles de Montesquieu
Never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision Muhammad
The pain that a martyr feels at the time of death will be reduced so greatly that he will only feel as if he was stung by a mosquito …. the finest dwellings in Paradise are those of the martyrs …. the angels spread their wings over the body of a martyr as a form of honor, dignity and respect Usaamah Khayyaat
It is plainly evident that some people who copy the polytheists in their clothes, manners, traditions or speak their language, harbor love and admiration for them. In this way, the polytheists succeed in disseminating ideas such as globalization and a universal religion which affect some sick-hearted Muslims; all of these aim at weakening the Muslim character and identity. Suood Ash-Shuraym
O Muslims! When a Muslim blindly imitates the West, he turns into a loyal supporter of their beliefs and customs; he is like one who tries to reform something but spoils it while he is unaware. He is just like a defeated follower, like a baby who bites and severs his mother's breast while it is in his mouth. Such a person does not know that blind copying of the West involves hidden hazards and that our rights, honor and dignity are violated by such imitation and imbecilic pride. Suood Ash-Shuraym
Even the Prophet, Mohammed, invited people from other religions to his Mosque because he wanted to show them respect. Akbar Ahmed
The word for knowledge appears in the Koran more often than any other except God. Akbar Ahmed
In an effort not to lose conservative Muslim donors who fund the building of mosques, traditional leaders in the American Muslim community are ignoring constituencies that are banging at the door for entry. They are ignoring women, young people, and moderate men who eschew interpretations of Islam that are bigoted, sexist, and intolerant. Asra Nomani
Negro members shall be treated as white members Pennsylvania Quaker Church
Islam has been used in some countries, for instance Sudan, as a means for suppression and the installation of autocratic regimes. This, coupled with the censorship of moderate Muslim voices and increasing state patronage of religious scholars, has led to the propagation of a dogmatic form of divisive Islamic extremism, a form that rejects democracy, human rights, and good governance as devices of Western imperialism. Ghazi Suliman
If they told us that peace is the price of giving up on a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty, my reply would be “Let's do without peace.” Yitzhak Rabin
Is the establishment of Israel in fact a manifestation of God? Has a new stage been reached in the history of salvation? Is the present occupation of Israel a religious or a secular one, and if it is secular, cannot God make use of it for His purpose? Gote Hedenquist
When there is question of saving souls, or preventing greater harm to souls, We feel the courage to treat with the devil in person. Pius XI
Part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand. Adlai Stevenson
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. Gerry Spence
If there were no God, there would be no Atheists. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Part of the Koran is a license for oppression. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
While people certainly come to church to receive clear moral guidance, they also come to engage in dialogue about difficult questions, and to find something that isn’t readily available in the larger society—a place where disagreement is handled gracefully and respectfully by people of shared religious values. Henry G. Brinton
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Voltaire
If I should lose on the real issues, I shall return to my seat in the Senate satisfied that I tried my best and was fairly judged. But if this election was decided on the basis that forty million Americans lost their chance of being President on the day they were baptized, then it is the whole nation that will be the loser in the eyes of Catholics and non-Catholics around the world, in the eyes of history and in the eyes of our own people John F. Kennedy
Catholic Charities is already one of the largest government contractors in the United States. Ray Suarez
The man who has given himself to his country loves it better; the man who has fought for his friend honors him more; the man who has labored for his community values more highly the interests he has sought to conserve; the man who has wrought and planned and endured for the accomplishment of God's plan in the world sees the greatness of it, the divinity and glory of it, and is himself more perfectly assimilated to it. Richard Salter Storrs
The President of the U. S. every time he opens his mouth, has to mention God—well, my God!. I mean, not even the Pope does that. Oriana Fallaci
I am a prophet…I am a prophet … I am a prophet… Muammar Qaddafi
The Constitution lies at the core of our civil religion. Paul Brest
The authority of all religious courts is conditioned on the religious or ethnic membership of those involved in the matter…. if one of the parties does not belong to the same religion as that governed by the religious court, then the court does not have judicial authority Aharon Barak
Men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it. When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor. Frederic Bastiat
You say: "Here are persons who are lacking in morality or religion," and you turn to the law. But law is force. And need I point out what a violent and futile effort it is to use force in the matters of morality and religion? Frederic Bastiat
The only place in the Middle East where you can find moderate Moslems speaking is in those international conferences sponsored by Westerners…. They cannot have much of an influence if they are undermined by the majority and the fundamentalist clergy. Reuel Marc Gerecht
You don’t get to have Thomas Jefferson unless you first have Martin Luther and that brought great turmoil. Reuel Marc Gerecht
True Americanism is opposed utterly to any political divisions resting on race and religion. To the race or to the sect, which as such attempts to take possession of the politics or the public education of the country, true Americanism says, Hands off! Henry Cabot Lodge
It is inconceivable for anyone who calls himself a Muslim and who heads an Islamic state to maintain relations under the table with the regime that occupied Jerusalem. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
When I was a boy, there were three influences on children. The school, the family, and the church. Now there is a fourth---television. John F. Kennedy
Millions of Americans, too, face the intolerable fact that because of their race or their color or the way they choose to worship God, they are denied rights which are their birthrights and which, by American principle and law, are their just due. Thomas E. Dewey
Islam is a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion. Jerome Corsi
Race is set against race, party against party, religion against religion, neighbor against neighbor, and child against parent Ralph E. Flanders
I do not want any Catholic in the United States of America to vote for me on the 6th of November because I am a Catholic. Alfred E. Smith
Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it. You ought because you can do more good with it than you could do without it. Money printed your Bible, money builds your churches, money sends your missionaries, and money pays your preachers, and you would not have many of them, either, if you did not pay them. Russell H. Conwell
Over the course of history many religions have fallen victim to violent interpretations. Council on American-Islamic Relations
We condemn this attack and all other attacks on innocent civilians. Illegitimate and counterproductive tactics must not be used in the legitimate struggle to end Israel's brutal occupation. This attack is of particular concern coming as it did during a religious observance in which the focus is remembrance of God. Council on American-Islamic Relations
There is this debate over the world about whether Islam can be reconciled to modernism. But the American Moslem community has demonstrated how easily this has been done. Reza Aslan
We American Muslims have not only an opportunity but a responsibility to provide a counterweight to the extreme Moslem fundamentalism elsewhere in the world. Reza Aslan
It yet remains a problem to be solved in human affairs, whether any free government can be permanent when the public worship of God, and the support of religion constitute no part of the policy or duty of the state in any assignable shape. The future experience of Christendom, and chiefly of the American states, must settle this problem as yet new in the history of the world, abundant as it has been in experiments in the theory of government. Joseph Story
It belongs to American liberty to separate entirely the institution which has for its object the support and diffusion of religion from the political government. Francis Lieber
Our Ancestors founded their government on morality and religious sentiment. They were brought hither by their high veneration of the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate it with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influences through all their institutions, civil, political, social, and educational. Daniel Webster
The state is not the agent of mercy or charity, but is the instrument of God's vengeance against those who disturb the public peace through theft, violence, or negligence. To the state belongs the power of the sword, which consists of the right to execute those who are worthy of death, to inflict corporal punishment, and to require restitution to the victims of theft and bodily injury. Bill Einwechter
The imams are ignorant and are misconstruing the Prophet's words regarding science…. science is for the elite and religion was for the masses …. It is absurd that men should take 4 wives and have as many concubines as they wished sanctioned by the imams. If I were a woman, I would embrace atheism and never become a Moslem. Ahmed Riza
Religion is now a matter of private judgment and observance for a majority, and thus we have become a country of not a few hundred different creeds but a few million. Joe Woodard
The acknowledgement of the Judeo Christian God is not religion. Roy Moore
Religion should cut politically left and right and not be politically predictable or loyally partisan. Jim Wallis
Ladies Prayer Room Saudi Arabia
Extremists exist in every religion, thought and civilisation. Islam is no more inherently violent than Christianity or Judaism, and the fact that there are extremists in Islam does not justify holding Islam-the religion-hostage to distorted images and clichés. Didn't a Jewish extremist kill former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin? Did anyone call it Jewish extremism? When Timothy McVeigh bombed the federal building in Oklahoma, no one dared describe it as Christian terrorism. So why is it when a Muslim commits some foolish act, that his or her religious identity becomes the marker here? Hamdi Zaqzouq
Religion should be a bridge to unite us and not a wedge to divide us politically. Jim Wallis
The dominant national religion is and shall be the sacred Roman Catholic faith with all ii laws. Passage from the dominant religion to any other confession is forbidden under penalties of apostasy. Inasmuch as the same holy faith bids us love our neighbors, we owe to all persons, of whatever persuasion, peace in their faith ad the protection of the government, and therefore we guarantee freedom to all rites and religions in the Polish lands, in accordance with the laws of the land. Poland
Saints don't fill the belly. Portuguese Proverb
The Christian Front was planning to murder Jews, communists and a dozen Congressmen…. They advocated a dictatorship, similar to the Hitler dictatorship in Germany. J. Edgar Hoover
Where one would least expect to find Nazi propaganda at work--in the Church-- I found it organized as effectively as outside the church John Roy Carlson
Like Hitler’s Brownshirts, the Christian Front was ostensibly organized to combat the ‘rising tide of Communism.’ All Jews,... liberals, New Dealers and labor organizations were called Communist; and since the Communist Revolution in America was scheduled to take place ‘any day now,’ the Christian Front–always under Coughlin’s inspiration and guidance—shouted that a private army was the only means to ‘save America.’ Coughlin filled the pages of Social Justice with Hitler’s sewer-spawned lies. He made direct use of Goebbels’ speeches, quoting the Nazi almost word-for-word.... He denounced the ‘poppycock of Democracy’ and branded Democracy as a version of Communism John Roy Carlson
I have dedicated my life to fight against the heinous rottenness of modern capitalism because it robs the laborer of this world's goods. But blow for blow I shall strike against Communism, because it robs us of the next world's happiness. Charles E. Coughlin
America sponsors a revolution that destroys morals, curricula, religion, values, and everything related to Islam and to the values of manliness. Mahmoud Kharabshe
Of course there is a tie between Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. These are strong ties, because the Taliban gave up Afghanistan for the sake of Al-Qaeda. There are still Al-Qaeda youth here, in Afghanistan. The Taliban is willing to accompany Al-Qaeda to any country in order to wage Jihad there. they want to establish Allah's law everywhere. Our religion is one, and we will remain together. Mulla Dadallah
Let there be no two religions in Arabia. Muhammad
It is not about a war against a country, or a war against a religion but rather about the struggle against terrorist violence. As such I do not exclude the use of repressive police and military measures. Claudia Roth
I do not believe that the real life of this nation is to be found either in great luxury hotels and the petty gossip of so-called fashionable suburbs, or in the officialdom of the organized masses. It is to be found in the homes of people who are nameless and unadvertised, and who, whatever their individual religious conviction or dogma, see in their children their greatest contribution to the immortality of their race. Robert Menzies
Nearly everywhere there is crushing poverty, religious and ethnic enmity, and exploitation of people, other species, and the earth. Sometimes it may even seem that we have passed the point of no return -- that we cannot limit population, harmonize differences, and decontaminate the planet in time. But in a time of crisis, the only philosophically tenable position for a pessimist is optimism. Ashley Montague
The Ten Commandments have served as a symbol of law, not only in the United States, but in other countries of the world. On the frieze of the Supreme Court is Moses holding the tablets of the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew, Now I don’t think that is a state endorsement of Judaism. Jay Sekulow
Our government has been unable to expel foreign clerics who preach violence and the destruction of the state. Douglas Murray
When Muslims enter a mosque, for example, and blow it up, or go and behead people while reading the Koran --- these people believe their Islam permits this. You talk about the war on terror. The only way we can overcome these terrorists is with ideology. We Muslims must show the Muslim terrorists that their way is wrong. We must draw the line. Kamal Nawash
The government does not talk with most Islamic institutions in America. It does not cooperate with them, and does not want to cooperate with them. Our institutions in America have utterly failed, and we must be clear and say it honestly. Kamal Nawash
If David and Solomon were to return to life, these Zionist criminals would fight them and they would fight back. David and Solomon were among our ranks. If Solomon had a temple, we would be worshipping Allah in it. We would not be worshipping idols and polytheism in it, like they do. Ahmad Nawfal
Armageddon is a word in English, and it has become … of global proportions. They have inflated it to the point that it has become an actual belief. There are now dozens of millions of pro-Zionist Americans who believe that the temple should be founded on the ruins of Al-Aqsa, in order to hasten the coming of the Messiah –-- as if Allah accelerates his timetable on the basis of human deeds. Thus, they want to hasten the coming of the Messiah by accelerating the destruction of Al-Aqsa and the building of the temple on its ruins. Ahmad Nawfal
Muhammad is the Prophet of all people. He superseded all previous religions. If Jesus were alive when Muhammad was sent, he would have followed him. All people must be Muslims. Muammar Qaddafi
Whoever is familiar with the Sunna and the Hadith knows that a battle against the enemies of Allah awaits on the horizon, in which the Muslims will be victorious. This is confirmed by the reliable hadiths, as well as by reality. Nasser Bin Suleiman Al-Omar
They will not stop fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can Muhammad
How can you call upon us to abolish the clash of civilizations, while America violently attacks Muslims in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in all corners of the world? …. America is interfering in our religion, in our traditions and in our privacies. This contradicts the Koranic verse: "They will not stop fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can. Nasser Bin Suleiman Al-Omar
I say to the Iraqis whoever cannot slaughter a sheep on the Feast of Sacrifice, should take an American soldier and slaughter him. Abd Al-Karim Abd Al-Razzaq
From its inception, Islam was not merely a religion, but also a political community, the nation of Islam (ummat al-Islam). Muhammad was not merely a prophet communicating the word of God, but a political leader. Hence, any victory by the army of a Muslim state over non-Muslims is perceived as a victory for Islam itself. Menahem Milson
Amr ibn Al-'Aas has an important place in Islam and therefore we will not permit any secularist to deride him. Abd Al-Sabour Shahin
I was not only a terrorist, but I was terrorized by my beliefs since I had to gain enough merit and good deeds to go to heaven but never was sure if my good deeds would outweigh my bad deeds in the scale when I would be judged by God, it was taught to us that to die fighting the Jews would ease Allah's anger towards my sins and I would be secured a good spot in heaven with beautiful wide eyed women to fulfill my most intimate desires, so either way through actual attacks on Jews, or if I were to be killed in the attempt, I would win – terror was the only way. Walid Shoebat
When you hear Allah's verses being rejected and mocked at by people, you must not sit with them till they start talking of other things. Muhammad
After having overcome Fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism. We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all. Michelle Malkin
If they want to know the judgment about the existence of a Jewish state in the middle of the Muslim world, they have to refer to the Holy Koran and to the traditions of Muhammad, peace be upon him, being the only source of enlightenment and the only source of truth within the hands of humanity today. Zaghloul El-Naggar
Waging war neither for worldly advantages nor for conquests, but for a solely Christian purpose, must I be left alone to fight under the banner of the Holy Cross and to see the others, who call themselves Christians, all unite around the Crescent to combat Christendom. Nicholas I; Nikolay Pavlovich
He who kills even one unbeliever of those who rule over us, whether he does it secretly or openly, shall be rewarded by God. And let every Moslem, in whatever part of the world he may be, swear a solemn oath to kill at least three or four of the infidels who rule over him, for they are the enemies of God and of the faith. Let every Moslem know that his reward for doing so shall be doubled by the God who created heaven and earth. A Moslem who does this shall be saved from the terrors of the day of Judgment, of the resurrection of the dead. Who is the man who can refuse such a recompense for such a small deed? . . . Yet the time has come that we should rise up as the rising of one man, in one hand a sword, in the other a gun, in his pocket balls of fire and death-dealing missiles, and in his heart the light of the faith. Mehmed V
No operas, plays, or concerts are allowed in London on Sundays, and even cards are so expressly forbidden that none but persons of quality, and those we call the genteel, play on that day; the rest of the nation go either to church, to the tavern, or to see their mistresses. Voltaire
(People object to education and Christianization of Negroes on the grounds that:) That it would make them less governable; the contrary to which is experimentally known amongst their Neighbours, both French & Spaniards in those parts. Now 'twould be too great a blemish to the Reformation, to suppose that Popery only makes its Converts better, but Protestancy worse; as this Allegation being admitted, it must be granted Morgan Goodwyn
No man … ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means. George Bernard Shaw
Great mischief comes from attempts to steady other people's altars Mary Baker Eddy
I hate to see them take that creche out of the capitol. It could be the only chance we'll ever have to get three wise men in that building. Ann Richards
Political freedom cannot exist in any land where religion controls the state, and religious freedom cannot exist in any land where the state controls religion. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
In Islam, the legislative power and competence to establish laws belong exclusively to God Almighty. Ruhollah Khomeini
If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, his moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him. Ruhollah Khomeini
In El Paso, the people are homicidal but orthodox. Theodore Roosevelt
In my cabinet at the present moment there sit side by side Catholic and Protestant, Christian and Jew. Theodore Roosevelt
Creationism means simply a belief in creation Philip Johnson
Darwinistic evolution would be a most peculiar creative method for God to choose, given the Darwinistic insistence that biological evolution was undirected. That requirement means that God neither programmed evolution in advance nor stepped in from time to time to pull it in the right direction. How then did God ensure that humans would come into existence so that salvation history would have a chance to occur? Phillip E. Johnson
Jihad is the struggle for Muslim society to rule the entire world. Lawrence Murawiec
But I firmly believe that evolution be taught in the schools has the best witness of what modern science has taught us . To read the Bible literalistically about such issues disinvites us from using the best of recent scholarships Katharine Jefferts Schori
How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the whole earth, were it not for misgovernment, and a diversion of all his energies from their proper object -- the happiness of man -- to the selfish interest of kings, nobles, and priests. Thomas Jefferson
We will never accept any religious government in Iraq. Never. This is a red line for us. We will never live inside an Islamic Iraq. Jalal Talabani
I am a Catholic. As far as possible I go to Mass every day. As far as possible I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that he has spared me the indignity of being your representative. Hilaire Belloc
First there was the changing of the guard outside the British Residence; then, through the cast-iron doors pricked in gold with the monogram of Victoria Regina, the high commissioner’s black Rolls Royce slowly emerged. On either side of the car as it slowly advanced rode a detachment of the King’s Horse…The procession, led by officers of the Egyptian mounted police, continued as far as the small cathedral of Saint Mary…where Bishop Gwynne of Cairo and Khartoum…waited in a chasuble and alb to receive the high commissioner…It was a world of ceremony complete unto itself, and the patriotic convictions served up in Bishop Gwynne’s sermons inspired the congregation with a feeling of everlastingness and certainty of fate. Magdi Wahba
We believe that we should spread wide the mantle of justice and benevolence and embrace the different religious communities with mercy and compassion. Measures to improve conditions should include Muslims and non-Muslims alike, who should be provided everything they might hope for in the way of peace and security. Hafiz
These days the Jews have reached their dreams. They’re rich; they reign supreme…O Egyptians, here’s my advice to you. Turn Jewish, since the heavens have turned Jew! Sa’d Abu
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Here is the guarantee given by Amr ibn al-As to the inhabitants of Egypt for the safety of their persons, their religion, their goods, their churches, their crosses…The inhabitants of Egypt are required to pay a tax…If by the end of the annual flood the river has not reached the appointed height, the tax will be proportionately reduced. Amr Ibn Al-As
If there are those who wish to charge us with being anti-Catholicism, we plead guilty…We love the practicing Catholic and earnestly desire to see him accept the Christ of the Cross, leave the false system that has enslaved his soul, and enjoy the freedom of sins forgiven that is available for any of us in Christ alone. Bob Jones University
The Ethiopians say that their gods are snub-nosed and black, the Thracians that theirs have light blue eyes and red hair. Xenophanes
We only part to meet again., Change, as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be, The faithful compass that still points to thee. John Gay
Since 9/11, every time there is an incident overseas attributed to Muslims or Arabs, we go on orange alert ourselves …. There are individuals here who are off the wall, who think that every woman who wears a hijab or every man named Muhammad is out to blow things up. Sohail Muhammad
U. S. Modern politics, particularly in the era of President George W. Bush, are based on biblical visions …. The anti-Islam campaign has been led by a number of right wing Christian leaders who are currently controlling the U. S. Administration. Atif Adwan
Some Muslims try to impose their religious taboos in the public domain. That is not asking for my respect, it’s asking for my submission. Flemming Rose
You seem much too intelligent to believe in God. Ayn Rand
We will invite him again because the religion of Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him Ansarullah Mawlazezadah
The recent ghastly strife and anger over the Danish cartoons shows the danger that comes from our failure to listen and to respect what is precious and sacred to others. Prince Charles
It is not enough for each individual to have one day of rest each week. Everyone should have the same day. My ability to go shopping on Shabbat is the inability of someone else to rest on the same day. Ruth Gavison
Hell to those who don’t vote Shas! Shimon Baadani
The whole history of the last thousands of years has been a history of religious persecutions and wars, pogroms, jihads, crusades. I find it all very regrettable, to say the least Steven Weinberg
I personally feel that the teaching of modern science is corrosive of religious belief, and I'm all for that! One of the things that in fact has driven me in my life, is the feeling that this is one of the great social functions of science--to free people from superstition. But I don't think that that attitude of mine should control the high school curriculum. My own personal motivation is irrelevant, just as the motivations of religious people should not affect high school curricula: Science should be taught not in order to support religion and not in order to destroy religion--science should be taught simply ignoring religion. Steven Weinberg
A large percentage of Moslems living in Europe believe that Europe is decadent and that they should work to destroy it. Claire Berlinski
Israel will rise and remain erect until Islam eliminates it, just as it obliterated others before it. Hamas
Peace initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Hamas
There cannot be freedom in Iraq without bringing down the mullahs. Michael Ledeen
In our [Arab] countries, religion is the sole source of education, and is the only spring from which that terrorist drank until his thirst was quenched. He was not born a terrorist, and did not become a terrorist overnight. Islamic teachings played a role in weaving his ideological fabric, thread by thread, and did not allow other sources – I am referring to scientific sources – to play a role. It was these teachings that distorted this terrorist and killed his humanity Wafa Sultan
When the Muslims divided the people into Muslims and non-Muslims, and called to fight the others until they believe in what they themselves believe, they started this clash, and began this war. In order to start this war, they must reexamine their Islamic books and curricula, which are full of calls for takfir and fighting the infidels. Wafa Sultan
I trust God speaks through me. Without that I could not do my job. George W. Bush
We grant to all foreigners coming into Our Empire the free and unrestricted practice of their religion according to the precepts and usage of their Church. To those, however, who intend to settle not in cities but in colonies and villages on uninhabited lands we grant the freedom to build churches and belltowers, and to maintain the necessary number of priests and church servants, but not the construction of monasteries. On the other hand, everyone is hereby warned not to persuade or induce any of the Christian co-religionists living in Russia to accept or even assent to his faith or join his religious community, under pain of incurring the severest punishment of Our law. This prohibition does not apply to the various nationalities on the borders of Our Empire who are attached to the Mahometan faith. We permit and allow everyone to win them over and make them subject to the Christian religion in a decent way. Catherine II
Godless Republicans! Anonymous
Reality is a form of idolatry. It allows what is to define and limit what might be. Michael Lerner
God is very important to me. I love her. Oprah Winfrey
Socialists do not base their Socialism upon any interpretation of the language or meaning of Scripture, nor upon the real or supposed intentions of a beneficent Deity. They as a party neither affirm or deny those things, but leave it to the individual conscience of each member to determine what beliefs on such questions they shall hold. As a political party they wisely prefer to take their stand upon the actual phenomena of social life as they can be observed in operation amongst us to-day, or as they can be traced in the recorded facts of history. James Connolly
What does Christianity mean today. Our religion is National Socialism. Joseph Goebbels
No money of the state shall ever be given or appropriated to any sectarian or religious society or institution. Wyoming
Pomp corrupts church officials French Proverb
The nearer to the Church, the further from God French Proverb
Superstitious persons, who know better how to rail at vice than how to teach virtue, and who strive not to guide men by reason, but so to restrain them that they would rather escape evil than love virtue, have no other aim but to make others as wretched as themselves; Baruch Spinoza
How hurtful to religion and the state is the concession to ministers of religion of any power of issuing decrees or transacting the business of government. Baruch Spinoza
As men's habits of mind differ, so that some more readily embrace one form of faith, some another, for what moves one to pray may move another only to scoff, I conclude, in accordance with what has gone before, that everyone should be free to choose for himself the foundations of his creed, and that faith should be judged only by its fruits; each would then obey God freely with his whole heart, while nothing would be publicly honoured save justice and charity. Baruch Spinoza
Poverty was nowhere more endurable than in a country where duty towards one's neighbor, that is, one's fellow-citizen, was practiced with the utmost piety, as a means of gaining the favor of God the King. Baruch Spinoza
I have often wondered, that persons who make a boast of professing the Christian religion, namely, love, joy, peace, temperance, and charity to all men, should quarrel with such rancorous animosity, and display daily towards one another such bitter hatred, that this, rather than the virtues they claim, is the readiest criterion of their faith Baruch Spinoza
In despotic statecraft, the supreme and essential mystery be to hoodwink the subjects, and to mask the fear, which keeps them down, with the specious garb of religion, so that men may fight as bravely for slavery as for safety, and count it not shame but highest honor to risk their blood and their lives for the vainglory of a tyrant; Baruch Spinoza
If a triangle could speak, it would say, in like manner, that God is eminently triangular, while a circle would say that the divine nature is eminently circular. Thus each would ascribe to God its own attributes, would assume itself to be like God, and look on everything else as ill-shaped. Baruch Spinoza
Our creationist detractors charge that evolution is an unproved and unprovable charade-- a secular religion masquerading as science. They claim, above all, that evolution generates no predictions, never exposes itself to test, and therefore stands as dogma rather than disprovable science. This claim is nonsense. We make and test risky predictions all the time; our success is not dogma, but a highly probable indication of evolution's basic truth. Stephen Jay Gould
Clergymen are the ticket scalpers outside the gates of heaven. Religion has been a curse to mankind. H. L. Mencken
There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as The Dark Ages. Ruth Hurmence Green
So far as religion is concerned, it's a damned fake. Religion is all bunk. Thomas A. Edison
A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident risks an even larger loss of life and liberty. William A. Niskanen
I do not have faith in the Supreme Court because of all of its rulings against Jewish tradition and against religion. The Supreme Court upheld Reform conversion and gave a permit to opening shops where pork is sold. Eli Yishai
Whatever we cannot easily understand we call God Edward Abbey
We must create a last line of defense against the influence of Islam. In Denmark we have seen the appearance of a parallel society in which minorities practice their own medieval values and undemocratic views this as the new front in our cultural war Brian Mikkelsen
Those who are fighting free speech in the name of respect for their beliefs school on the beliefs of others and making clearly known. Newspapers in Tehran, Damascus and Cairo overflow with vengeful characters caricatures shamelessly demonizing orthodox Jews and the Talmud Alain Finkielkraut
We are now confronted with the globalization of hatred …. only a tiny minority of those who, from Pakistan to Algeria, are demonstrating against the cartoons… would be able to locate Denmark on a map. Alain Finkielkraut
There are two visions of America. One precedes our founding fathers and finds its roots in the harshness of our puritan past. It is very suspicious of freedom, uncomfortable with diversity, hostile to science, unfriendly to reason, contemptuous of personal autonomy. It sees America as a religious nation. It views patriotism as allegiance to God. It secretly adores coercion and conformity. Despite our constitution, despite the legacy of the Enlightenment, it appeals to millions of Americans and threatens our freedom. The other vision finds its roots in the spirit of our founding revolution and in the leaders of this nation who embraced the age of reason. It loves freedom, encourages diversity, embraces science and affirms the dignity and rights of every individual. It sees America as a moral nation, neither completely religious nor completely secular. It defines patriotism as love of country and of the people who make it strong. It defends all citizens against unjust coercion and irrational conformity. Sherwin T. Wine
It is a mistake to assume that God is interested only, or even chiefly, in religion. William Temple
Many parents who are religious and firm in their conscience, refuse to send their sons to learn law and…enter the profession. Najib Shugra
Today the sharia courts exist only for questions touching religion and personal status of the believers, they should limit their benevolent labors to matters that concern them specifically. Ibrahim Jammal
In European states all subjects have equal rights and under a single legislation, whatever their [religious or ethnic] origins… Without such a system, no justice is possible, because each party views its interests in a different way. With time, all the religious communities…become absorbed in pursuing their separate goals, and they regard as political tyranny any attempt to remove the distinctions between them. This runs counter to natural law, which ultimately governs over all. Amin Shumayyil
The profound influence of religion on American politics is vital, but it is best when indirect: on the morals, habits, and souls of individual Americans; on the political climate and the principals that should guide policy, rather than on specific policies themselves… Richard Nixon
The line cannot be too strongly drawn. Richard M. Johnson
The Virginia model, meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew, and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mahometan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination. Thomas Jefferson
We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to practice faith or not, and those who believe are free and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief. Ronald Reagan
The Great Governor of the World. Articles of Confederation
The absence of God in the Constitution is an omission which no pretext whatever can palliate. Americans would “have every reason to tremble, lest the Governor of the universe, who will not be treated with indignity by a people more than individuals, overturn from its foundation the fabric we have been rearing, and crush us atoms in the wreck. John M. Mason
Blessed with…the protection of our guardian deities… Bhutan
Capitalism is economic Darwinism…free enterprise is code for individualistic amorality…the marketplace is the temple of secular humanism? Russ Rymer
It is clearly absurd that it should be possible for a woman to qualify as a saint with direct access to the Almighty while she may not qualify as a curate. Mary Stocks
We have to believe in free will. We’ve got no choice. Isaac Bashevis Singer
No mental disease diminishes the dignity of a person. The Church testifies that a mentally ill person, too, is a bearer of the image of God, remaining our brother who needs compassion and support Russian Orthodox Church
While all of us have been impoverished spiritually by this stigma upon our nation, minority groups of color such as the Blacks, the American Indians, and the Mexican-Americans have borne the brunt of this malady Greek Orthodox Church
Allah has cursed the one who pays bribes, the one who receives them, and the one who arranges the act between two parties. Muhammad
You should pay the laborer his wages before his sweat dries Muhammad
Allah curses who requests usury and who gives him usury, the one who writes down the usury transaction and its two witnesses Muhammad
Interest has 70 manifestations, the least of which is equivalent in sin to that of a man who has sex with his mother Muhammad
Those who devour interest will not stand except as stands one whom Satan has driven mad by his touch Muhammad
Taking such disputes of custody of children in a divorce before a secular court of law is something prohibited in Islam. Sheikh Muhammad Al-Ghamidi
The so-called "Wahhabis" are not a sect or new process. No one calls himself a "Wahhabi". It is a term foisted on people by others. The people so labeled are just people who call Muslims to return to their religion as it originally came from the Prophet Abd Al-Aziz Abd Al-Latif
I hold the opinion that it is lawful [for a Muslim] to participate in elections [in non-Islamic countries], as this may reduce suffering, and it is a way to choose the better among the available candidates. I believe participating in elections will, in any event, contribute to the reduction of evil and be a forum for countering bad policies and exposing their deficiencies, as well as being an opportunity to present proposals of a different kind that may help people. Sheikh Salman Al-Oadah
In Islamic Law, public interest is defined by the preservation of five universal needs, which are as follows: 1. Preservation of the religion. 2. Preservation of life. 3. Preservation of the rational faculties. 4. Preservation of wealth. 5. Preservation of lineage. Sheikh Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Turayri
The best Jihad is a word of truth in the presence of an oppressive ruler. Muhammad
Rulers after me will come who do not abide by my guidance and Sunnah. Some of their men will have Satan’s heart in a human’s body Muhammad
Fear Allah and protect the rights of the Muhajireen and the Ansar. Take from the rich and give to the poor. Treat the non-Muslims well and always keep your word Omar; Hazrat Omar ibn al-Khatab; Hazrat Omar Ibn Al-Khatab
Arab Christians are not Christians, I am not leaving them until they become Muslims or I cut their throats. Omar; Hazrat Omar ibn al-Khatab; Hazrat Omar Ibn Al-Khatab
Strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah Muhammad
A hard father to his people, Mustafa Kemal [Ataturk] told his Turks last December that they must forget God in the Arabic language (Allah), learn Him in Turkish (Tanri). Admitting the delicacy of renaming a 1300-year-old god, Kemal gave the muezzins a time allowance to learn the Koran in Turkish. Time
Government is a trust from God, and verily government will be at the day of resurrection a cause of inquiry, unless he who hath taken it be worthy of it and have acted justly and done good. Muhammad
Do not prevent your women from coming to the mosque; but their homes are better for them. Muhammad
I would like to pause for a moment and take stock of what we as the Muslim World are faced with today. We need to attempt to determine the issues and shortcomings that continue to hamper our progress at home. We have a spiritual heritage of peace, harmony, tolerance and affection. It should strengthen our inspiration for achieving freedom, peace, prosperity and democracy. Abdullah Gul
There is no difference between Arab Christians and non-Arab Christians. Abdul Azeez Ibn Abdullaah Ibn Baaz
Do not sit with the people of innovation and desires, nor argue with them, nor listen to them Al-Hasan Al-Basree
The Holy Places shall be protected from desecration and any other violation and from anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings with regard to those places. Whosoever desecrates or otherwise violates a Holy Place shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of seven years. Whosoever does anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings with regard to those places shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of five years. Levi Eshkol
Einstein is an analytical mathematician seeking to give a physical interpretation to the conclusions of his mathematical process. In this he is hampered by a load of contradictory and absurd assumptions of the school that he follows, which throws him in to all manner of difficulty. Einstein has such a faculty for embracing both sides of a contradiction that one would have to be of the same frame of mind to follow his thought, it is so peculiarly his own. The whole Relativity theory is as easy to follow as the path of a bat in the air at night. Jeremiah Joseph Callahan
You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion. Overwhelming strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us. Lord Kelvin
A twice-born man who has intentionally drunk, through delusion of mind, the spirituous liquor called Sura shall drink that liquor boiling-hot; when his body has been completely scalded by that, he is freed from his guilt; Or he may drink cow's urine, water, milk, clarified butter or liquid cow dung boiling-hot, until he dies; When the Brahman [the highest caste] the Veda which dwells in his body is even once deluged with spirituous liquor, his Brahmanhood forsakes him and he becomes a Sudra [the lowest caste.] Manu
Place all prisons near a high-road, where the suffering and disfigured offenders can be seen Manu
Day and night woman must be kept in dependence by the males of their families, and, if they attach themselves to sensual enjoyments, they must be kept under one's control. Her father protects her in childhood, her husband protects her in youth, and her sons protect her in old age; a woman is never fit for independence. Manu
She who drinks spirituous liquor, is of bad conduct, rebellious, diseased, mischievous, or wasteful, may at any time be divorced and superseded by another wife. Manu
Those who do not give assistance according to their ability when a village is being plundered, a dyke is being destroyed, or a highway robbery committed, shall be banished with their goods and chattels. Manu
There are slaves of seven kinds, (viz.) he who is made a captive under a standard, he who serves for his daily food, he who is born in the house, he who is bought and he who is given, he who is inherited from ancestors, and he who is enslaved by way of punishment. Manu
A Sudra [lowest caste untouchable], though emancipated by his master, is not released from servitude; since that is innate in him, who can set him free from it? Manu
Let the king fix the rates for the purchase and sale of all marketable goods, having duly considered whence they come, whither they go, how long they have been kept, the probable profit and the probable outlay. Once in five nights, or at the close of each fortnight, let the king publicly settle the prices for the merchants. Manu
A Brahmana shall be compelled to pay a fine of one thousand panas if he has intercourse with … females of those two lower castes; for offending with a … Sudra female a fine of one thousand. Manu
Never slay a Brahmana, though he have committed all possible crimes; let the king banish such an offender, leaving all his property with him and his body unhurt. No greater crime is known on earth than slaying a Brahmana; a king, therefore, must not even conceive in his mind the thought of killing a Brahmana Manu
A once-born man (a Sudra), who insults a twice-born man with gross invective, shall have his tongue cut out; for he is of low origin. If he arrogantly teaches Brahmanas their duty, the king shall cause hot oil to be poured into his mouth and into his ears Manu
Having well considered the (disgusting) origin of flesh and the (cruelty of) fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh Manu
Let him say what is true, let him say what is pleasing, let him utter no disagreeable truth, and let him utter no agreeable falsehood; that is the eternal law. Manu
Let him not dwell in a country … which is surrounded by unrighteous men, nor in one which has become subject to heretics, nor in one swarming with men of the lowest castes. Manu
Where women are honored, there the gods are pleased; but where they are not honored, no sacred rite yields rewards. Manu
Catch a black hen and beat it to death with a white cane. Keep the blood and smear a little of it on your enemy. If you get no chance to smear it on his body, obtain one of his garments and smear it. Elizabeth Bathory
The strongest absorbs the weakest, and he has a right to do so. Francois Guizot
My goal for the Arab world is to change the status quo, which is horrible politically, religiously, economically, in every way. Faisal Al-Kasim
The mass media in Saudi Arabia should oppose destructive, trends, atheistic tendencies, materialistic philosophies and attempts to divert Muslims from their faith. Saudi Arabia
To arrive at the truth in all things, we ought always to be ready to believe that what seems to us white is black if the hierarchical Church so defines it. St. Ignatius Loyola
God will aid us in our righteous cause. We will either fight or die. Kate Stone
All that has ever happened or ever will happen is in the Torah. Elijah of Vilna; Elijah Ben Solomon; Vilna Gaon
You have to understand that the population of Saudi Arabia has zero Christians. Al Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz
Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the body of fact that exists on the mind of the general public. James Inhofe; Brown & Williamson
You want schools to teach reading and writing. But you also want schools to reflect who you are and your values. Nick Gillespie
Science has been a discipline in which testability, rather than any ecclesiastical authority or philosophical coherence, has been the measure of a scientific idea’s worth John E. Jones III
It is unconstitutional to teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in a public school science classroom. John E. Jones III
Intelligent design is nothing less than the progeny of creationism. John E. Jones III
The mystery of our existence—I have no faith in any attempted explanation of it. It is all a dark, unfathomed profound. Rutherford B. Hayes
Dear Lord, maker of all miracles, I thank you for bringing me to this extraordinary moment in my life! Joseph I. Lieberman
That every man’s speak freely without fear, maintain the principles that he believes, worship according to his own faith, either one God, three Gods, no God, or 20 Gods; and let government protect him in doing so. John Leland
Duty remains even when harm arises not from malevolence but from religious conviction or local custom or ordinary boneheadedness. What is the key is the well being of the victim not the motive of the perpetrator… I’d feel no better about your burning me at the stake out of deep spiritual yearning than I would because you were just having a bad day . Randy Cohen
Weapons in our hands are used to realize divine and Islamic aspirations. Ruhollah Khomeini
No winner, no loser Saeb Salam
Our belief is that the continued rule is a destruction of God’s religion even if they pretend to uphold Islam. We ask God to relieve us of them all… These rulers have subjected Muslims to their interests and made religion into a way of acquiring their materialistic interests. They have brought upon the Muslims all evil and corruption. Juhaiman Saif al Otaiba
This is not religion. This is obscenity. These are lies, the criminal use of religious power to misguide people. Anwar Sadat
A small room lit with candle light and smoky with incense is chosen… Once the likely young man is selected, he is brought to the room…where he will find a sheikh repeating verses from the Koran… The Sheikh with eyes like magnets stares at the young man who is paralyzed with awe… They will them pray, and the sheikh will recite verses from the Koran about those fighting for the sake of Allah and are therefore promised to go to heaven. “Are you ready for martyrdom?” the young man is asked. “Yes, yes,” he repeats. He is then given the oath on the Koran. These young men leave the meeting with one determination: to kill. Ahmed Mortada al Maraghi
I am guilty of killing Sadat and I admit that. I am proud of it because the cause of religion was at stake. Islambouli Khaled
The notions of consumer choice and local control have stormed the religious realm. Harvey Cox
The present crisis in the Islamic world may stem from too many loud and conflicting voices, all claiming religious authority. Harvey Cox
It is apprehended that Jews, Mahometans (Muslims), pagans, etc., may be elected to high offices under the government of the United States. Those who are Mahometans, or any others who are not professors of the Christian religion, can never be elected to the office of President or other high office, (unless) first the people of America lay aside the Christian religion altogether, it may happen. Should this unfortunately take place, the people will choose such men as think as they do themselves. Samuel Johnston
We owe it to our children to defend our Christian culture. British National Party
We have had suicide bombers in London and we are seeing riots across the Channel. However the media and our Government try to cloud the issue by blaming British and French society and not the terrorists and rioters. They deliberately avoid pinpointing the driving force behind these attacks, which is a religion that is alien to these shores and in its latest fundamental form threatens our very way of life British National Party
Don’t let religious authorities decide what can or can't be published, …. free speech is vital for democracy, for social change, for the possibility of challenging what has been laid down by established authorities…. freedom only for those who do not offend, annoy, and irritate entrenched authorities - is no freedom at all. Workers Liberty
Conversion to Islam substantially increases the probability of a person's involvement in terrorism. Daniel Pipes
Saudi clerics are relying on their own male-oriented interpretation of what a woman should wear. These fatwas are certainly not accepted by all Muslims. I wonder why the more pressing issues of poverty and illiteracy of Muslim women are not given the same amount of coverage as the veil. Fatima Cash
Neo-Islam's attempt at destroying individual freedoms is as much a threat to Islam as the Inquisition was to Christianity. Amir Taheri
The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.' Barry Goldwater
There is no such thing as a spare embryo. George W. Bush
What passes for moderation in the Islamic community? …. Have any of these "moderates" ever protested the grotesque caricatures of Christians and, most especially, Jews that are broadcast throughout the Middle East on a daily basis? The sermons on Palestinian TV that refer to Jews as the sons of pigs and monkeys? The Syrian prime-time TV series that shows rabbis slaughtering a gentile boy to ritually consume his blood? The 41-part (!) series on Egyptian TV based on that anti-Semitic czarist forgery (and inspiration of the Nazis), "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," showing the Jews to be engaged in a century-old conspiracy to control the world? A true Muslim moderate is one who protests desecrations of all faiths. Those who don't are not moderates but hypocrites, opportunists and agents for the rioters, merely using different means to advance the same goal: to impose upon the West, with its traditions of freedom of speech, a set of taboos that is exclusive to the Islamic faith. These are not defenders of religion but Muslim supremacists trying to force their dictates upon the liberal West. Charles Krauthammer
The Islamic world is fed up with violence and extremism in the name of religion and is ready for an era of progressive, democratic Muslim governments …. After about two centuries of dispute between tradition and modernity in the world of Islam there must be a high level of mental preparation for the acceptance of a major transformation in the mind and lives of Muslims. Mohammad Khatami
Censorship only accelerates. It is dressed up in multicultural gobbledygook about hurtfulness and insensitivity, when the real issue is whether we in the West are going to be blown up or beheaded if we dare come out and support the right of an artist or newspaper to be occasionally crass. The radical Islamists are our generation's book burners who search for secular Galileos and Newtons. They are the new Nazi censors who sniff out anything favorable to the Jews. These fundamentalists are akin to the Soviet commissars who once decreed all art must serve political struggle — or else. Victor Davis Hanson
Secular system allows homosexuality, allows corruption … Islam is our Constitution. Mahmoud Al-Zahar
… in accordance with justice, the rights of the wives are equal to the husband’s rights with regard to them, although men have precedence over them Muhammad
We cannot say that polygamy is Haram (prohibited) in Islam. Nor was it prohibited in Judaism or Christianity, as evidenced by the Biblical prophets who were polygamous but never accused of violating the Divine law. Attempts to curb polygamy in Europe started in the sixth century (Emperor Justinean). Islam found polygamy and regulated it, the Quran setting criteria and conditions about which many Muslims were lax. Muslims in America face a special situation. Polygamy is illegal in America, and Islam would not permit a Muslim to commit an offence that lays him in jail. We American Muslims are subject to American law and we have the right of objection only if the law forces us to do something against Islam Hassan Hathout
If the leadership asks me to die a martyr, I am ready ... and if they ask me to resign, I am also ready Rustum Ghazali
The lesson to be learned from the cartoon incident is “don’t mess with us.” Religion is a major part of our culture. Karim Kawar
Today, victory in Palestine has become a matter of life and death for the Islamic world. If the occupiers stay on even one inch of Palestinian soil, the goal of Palestine will not be realized. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Middle East conflict has become the locus of the final war between Muslims and the West Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
People do not have the right to stir up riots and racial hatred, encourage mass hysteria or heap abuse on religion any more than they do to rob, rape, cheat or kill. Arab News
Defending freedom of expression against fundamentalist threats is a cause. It is a matter of principle, whether it involves Rushdie's 'Satanic Verses', a film about veils and the oppression of women or some clumsy drawings in a Danish newspaper Expressen
These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims. We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression, but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable. Kurtis Cooper
Help the Danes Support Our Freedom. Support Denmark. Anonymous
Muslim consumers, … have a right to boycott whomever they want. Similarly, Western consumers have the right to support whomever they want, and privately owned newspapers have the right to publish cartoons without government interference. If there must be a clash of civilizations and cultures, let it be over these cartoons. The Danish cartoons are as important as fighting for Danzig once was. If the West is unwilling to fight this battle, slavery will inevitably come and slavery will be what it deserves. Paul Belien
I am totally shocked and find it unacceptable that because there have been caricatures in the West, extremists can burn flags or take fundamentalist or extremist positions which would prove the cartoonists right. Philippe Douste-Blazy
It should be crystal clear to all that violence, intimidation, and the calls for boycotts or for restraints on the freedom of the press are completely unacceptable. Franco Frattini
We are talking about an issue with fundamental significance to how democracies work. One can safely say it is now an even bigger issue. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Freedom of opinion, expression and of the press, which we guarantee and respect, cannot be used as an excuse to insult sanctities, beliefs and religions. Hosni Mubarak
These cartoons are an unnecessary abuse of freedom of speech. Abdullah II
Muslims of the world be reasonable. What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman? Jihad Momani
The vinery is not made with blessings, but with hoes and spades. Albanian Proverb
If you choose to live here in America ... you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam. Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth Omar Ahmad
The insult has been established now by everybody, Muslim and non-Muslim, and everybody condemns the cartoonist and condemns the cartoon, ... However, God said, and the messenger Mohammed said, whoever insults a prophet, he must be punished and executed. This man should be put on trial and if it is proven he must be executed. ... If anybody insults the prophet, he will have to take a punishment. If countries refuse to put people on trial for insulting Mohammed they must face the consequences... Mohammed Omar
Actions will be judged according to intentions. Muhammad
God has not made it lawful for you to enter the houses of the People of the Book without their permission, or that you beat their women, or eat their fruits. Muhammad
There will be no lasting peace on earth unless we learn not merely to tolerate but even to respect the other faiths as our own. Mohandas K. Gandhi
There is a tremendous human variety that manages to squeeze itself into this narrow piece of land and live side by side--in the same city, but on different planets Doron Rosenblum
Hamas feeds off the failures of secular governments. Thomas Friedman
Abortion is an issue between a woman and her God. Maureen Reagan
All conquerors have made up to the priests of the conquered George S. Patton
The fatalism attributable to the Koranic law may well be the basis for Mohammedan decadence. If the man is unsuccessful, he does not look to himself. It is the will of Allah. If the murder was committed, that’s who was preordained. It is the same with sickness; it is the same with everything -- it is Kismet! George S. Patton
I didn’t come here to seek a power or to get a chairmanship. I wanted to do what I think my Lord wants me to do. Walter B. Jones
Since 9/11 there is ample evidence of evil in terms of attacks on Muslims purely because of the faith they belong to. Iqbal Sacranie
Modern liberal societies cannot be based on a simple assertion of group identity - the very idea of the rule of law, of equal legal treatment for everyone regardless of religion, wealth, gender or ethnicity, conflicts with it. David Goodhart
There's been so much rhetoric in the past decade about how important religion is to being a good person, for people to say they don't believe in God. Lori Lipman Brown
Change is not always progress. Barrett Duke
If God does not condone homosexual behavior, He must not condone homosexual marriage…. God created man and woman. These two comprise humanity. God did not create homosexuals. Barrett Duke
We oppose the immoral practice of embryonic stem cell research. It is fraught with ethical problems. Any good that may come from this avenue of research will be forever morally tainted .... adult stem cell research is the only life-affirming stem cell research. Barrett Duke
If we should perish, the ruthlessness of the foe would be only the secondary cause of the disaster. The primary cause would be that the strength of a giant nation was directed by eyes too blind to see all the hazards of the struggle; and the blindness would be induced not by some accident of nature or history but by hatred and vainglory. Reinhold Niebuhr
Men are never safe against the temptation of claiming God too simply as the sanctifier of whatever we most fervently desire. Reinhold Niebuhr
The worst corruption is a corrupt religion. Reinhold Niebuhr
Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values. Reinhold Niebuhr
We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Benedict XVI
As to religion, I hold it to be the indispensable duty of government to protect all conscientious professors therefore, and I know of no other business which government hath to do therewith. Thomas Paine
Let the Gods avenge themselves. Ancient Rome
Christians were sprinkled with water at birth and thus relieved of washing for the rest of their lives. Anonymous
He who owns the land, dictates the religion. Cuius regio, eius religio. Anonymous
Different is the condition of everyone, and different the nature of each place. Anonymous
God and a soldier, all men do adore In time of war, and not before When the war is over, and all things righted God is forgotten, and the soldier slighted. Anonymous
the heretical rod Anonymous
Let him ... that before hath stolen, steal no more; but rather let him work with his hands, that he may be helpful to the poor. Anonymous
Much prayer, but no piety. Anonymous
No Popery Anonymous
People of the pact Ahl al-dhimmi Anonymous
Puritanism: The terrible suspicion that someone, somewhere might be enjoying life. Anonymous
Outlaw Communists, Not Prayers Put God Back In The Schools Anonymous
Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government, and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. Anonymous
The world is held up by four pillars: The Wisdom of the Learned; the Justice of the Great; the Prayers of The Righteous; and the Valor of the Brave Anonymous
There is no clergyman who is not a cause-pleader. Anonymous
We acknowledge Almighty God as the source of all authority and power in civil government ... the Lord Jesus Christ as the Governor among the Nations. Anonymous
We also forbid the laity to possess any of the books of the Old or New Testament. Anonymous
We the undersigned express sincere regret that researches into scientific truth are perverted by some in our time into occasion for casting doubt upon the truth and authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. Anonymous
Where there are three physicians there are two atheists Anonymous
Cujus region, ejus religio Whoever rules determines the religion [of his subjects] Anonymous
The earth is flat. Whoever claims it is round is an atheist deserving of punishment Sheik Abdul-Aziz Ibn Baaz
There is no doubt also, that the call to nationalism is a call to transgression, pride and arrogance, since nationalism is not a divinely revealed way of life …. Muslims are a single body and a single structure; each part supporting the other and each part feeling the pain that the other parts are suffering. Sheik Abdul-Aziz Ibn Baaz
With the use of religious and patriotic formulas, statesmen may sleep amidst the wreck of nations. Henry Adams
Freedom of the press and of religious opinion should be inviolate. John Quincy Adams
Nothing appeared rich but the churches, nobody fat but the clergy. John Quincy Adams
The tendency of the spirit of the age is strong toward religious liberty. John Quincy Adams
Women are not only justified, but exhibit the most exalted virtue, when they do depart from the domestic circle, and enter upon the concerns of their country, of humanity and of their God. John Quincy Adams
The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity. John Adams
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved—the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! John Adams
When I observe into what inconsistent absurdities those persons run who make speculative, metaphysical religion a matter of importance, I am fully determined never to puzzle myself in the mazes of religious discussion, [and] to content myself with practicing the dictates of God and reason so far as I can judge for myself… John Adams
I do not know what to make of a republic of 30 million atheists. John Adams
never had interviews with the gods or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven. John Adams
Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion. John Adams
Religion, superstition, oaths, education, laws, all give way before passions, interest, and power. John Adams
The frightful engines of ecclesiastical councils, of diabolical malice, and Calvinistical good-nature never failed to terrify me exceedingly whenever I thought of preaching. John Adams
The Puritans' greatest concern seems to have been to establish a government of the church more consistent with the Scriptures, and a government of the state more agreeable to the dignity of human nature, than any they had seen in Europe, and to transmit such a government down to their posterity, with the means of securing and preserving it forever. John Adams
This is the only instance I have ever known of a man of sound sense and real genius who was an enemy of Christianity. John Adams
When philosophic reason is clear and certain by intuition or necessary induction, no subsequent revelation supported by prophecies or miracles can supersede it. John Adams
Religion and the public liberty of a people are interwoven, and cannot exist separately. Samuel Adams
The very word woman in the writings of the church fathers stood for the basest of temptations.... As women were lowered in the moral scale because of their identification with her at the very bottom of the pit, so they cannot rise themselves save as they succeed in lifting her with whose sins they are weighed. Jane Addams
No one doubts that each servant, although he owes the work of his body's members to his carnal lord, owes the religion of his mind to the Creator alone. Agobard
The wretched world lies now under the tyranny of foolishness; things [witches and witchcraft] are believed by Christians of such absurdity as no one ever could aforetime induce the heathen to believe. Agobard
Those who believed in us as the Madhi, and surrendered, have been delivered, and those who did not were destroyed … Muhammad Ahmad; Madhi
It cannot be wisdom to assert the truth of one faith. Akbar (Akbar the Great)
O thou sole god, whose power no other possesses. Though didst create the earth according to thy desire, being alone: Man, all cattle, large and small; All that are upon the earth. Akhenton; Amen ho tep IV
While Muslims in Muslim countries, are obligated to uphold the Islamic law of their state, Muslim minorities in the United States are not required either by Islamic law or rationality to uphold Islamic symbols of faith in a secular state, except to the extent permissible within that state. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani
The Sparks: Refutation of Heretics and Innovators Abdul Hassan Al-Ashari
Ignorant and illiterate people cannot understand democracy. They are prey to religious extremists. Said Al-Ashmawy
Islam has been transformed from a religion to an ideology. Said Al-Ashmawy
I am king of three religions. Alfonso X
Caliph: Derived from the Arabic “Khalifa” meaning “one who replaces someone else who left or died.” In the context of Islam, however, the word acquires a narrower meaning. The Muslim Khalifa is the successor (in a line of successors) to Prophet Muhammad's position as the political, military, and administrative leader of the Muslims. The prophetic role of Muhammad is strictly not included in this definition Gharm Allah Al-Ghamdy
Muhammad is the messenger of God. He sent him with guidance and the true religion to reveal it to all religions even if the polytheists abhor it. Al-Hakam I
Italy, which is inhabited only by a single race speaking the same language and professing the same religion, experiences so many difficulties in its unification. For the moment all it has achieved is anarchy and disorder. Judge what would happen in Turkey if free scope were given to all the different national aspirations …. It would need a century and torrents of blood to establish even a fairly stable state of affairs. Ali Pasha
The Torah, the Jewish holy book, requires Jews to demonstrate their joy by eating pastries mixed with human blood. Umayma Al-Jalahma
In those parts of the world where learning and science have prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue. Ethan Allen
Verily, Islam is and has always been tolerant with regard to dhimmis [non-Moslems], yet on the condition that they know their place Ahmad Al-Mahalawi
There is no way that Islam can reform itself and remain Islam, no way it can ever be made compatible with pluralism, free speech, critical thought and democracy. Anyone convinced they already possess the truth have no need for such things. Although Muslims resident in non-Muslim countries clamor for every kind of indulgence for their own beliefs and customs, there can be no doubt that given any kind of power they would impose their own beliefs and eliminate all difference Mohammad Ibn Al-Rawandi
Our government should be led by religious men …. Religion is with politics and politics is with religion. They are as one. Muqtada Al-Sader
We all know that those who instigate those doubts are the enemies of God, the enemies of religion and the enemies of all humanity. Their hearts are full of hatred. Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al-Sheikh
The Islamic awakening began as a spiritual, an individual event, but it has become increasingly political. Hassan Al-Turabi
The West is even more apprehensive about Islam than it was about communism, because while it knows how to deal with material challenges, it has no idea how to go about facing a spiritual challenge. Hassan Al-Turabi
take children out of the general American environment and train them to lead segregated lives. American Council for Judaism
The current climate of religiosity can be stifling to nonbelievers, and it helps now and then to cry foul. For one thing, some of the numbers surrounding the deep religiousness of America, and the rarity of non-belief, should be held to the fire of skepticism Natalie Angier
It is a thing plainly repugnant to the word of God and the custom of the primitive Church, to have public prayer in the Church, or to minister the sacraments in a tongue not understanded of the people. Anglican Church
Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know that he is. Jean Anouilh
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Susan B. Anthony
You had better not be resolving against individual action or there will be no end to it. Tomorrow it will be me you censure; then you. Susan B. Anthony
When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it. Susan B. Anthony
Vaccinations are bidding defiance to Heaven itself, even to the will of God …. the law of God prohibits the practice Anti-Vaccination Society of Boston
In a democratic society. . .Islam cannot be the exclusive preserve of the ulama [religious bodies]. How can it be when Islamic laws affect our very way of life? The decision-making process must be participatory and must reflect the diverse and changing nature of Malaysian society. Those practices and legal provisions that give the ulama the sole power to decide on matters of religion and criminalize those with differing opinions must be abrogated. The Constitution must be amended to ensure uniformity of laws and one standard of justice for all. If the ulama continue to remain oblivious to the palpable change that pervades a quickly modernizing, multi-ethnic Malaysia, they run the risk of making themselves increasingly irrelevant to the lives of their people. Zainah Anwar
Modernity, democracy, and change have enabled more and more Muslim women activists, and Muslim democrats all over the world, to realize they can work within the Islamic framework to find liberation within Islam…. We feel strongly that we have a right to reclaim our religion, to redefine it, and to make sure Islam is codified and implemented in ways that take into consideration the realities of women’s lives today. Zainah Anwar
Have you the folly to think that the white men … are the only beloved images of God …. I am satisfied with the manner of my creation, my skin, my people—even if other people are not. William Appis
What is it among you whites that makes you think that Jesus Christ is yours? William Appis
It is a dogma of faith that the demons can produce wind, storms, and rain of fire from heaven. Thomas Aquinas
Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized Louis Aragon
Much mischief and grief will come from any alliances, holy or otherwise, between organized religious groups and the state. Glenn L. Archer
“Theocracy” has always been the synonym for a bleak and narrow, if not a fierce and blood-stained, tyranny. William Archer
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. Aristotle
Each generation has to create the image of God that works for it. Karen Armstrong
Terror … is often the result of giving politics a sacred, absolute dimension. Karen Armstrong
Miracles are doomed; they will drop out like fairies and witchcraft, from among the matter which serious people believe. Matthew Arnold
It is against my religion to impose my religion. John Ashcroft
I don't think He [God] would want to run a heaven that would keep Henry F. Ashurst out. Henry F. Ashurst
God, as you tell me, was put to death by the very men He created. But my God still looks down on His children. Atahualpa
The evils which sapped the nation’s strength had all been wrought in the name of religion. Kemal Ataturk
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work. Brooks Atkinson
Turkey is squeezed between the mosque and the barracks. Cetin Atlan
The most potent combination is that of religion and politics, because then if you object, you are a heretic. Margaret Atwood
The only reason the Protestants and Catholics have given up the idea of universal domination is because they've realized they can't get away with it. W. H. Auden
It is indeed better … that men should be led to worship God by teaching, than that they should be driven to it by fear of punishment or pain; but it does not follow that because the former course produces the better men, therefore those who do not yield to it should be neglected. For many have found advantage … in being first compelled by fear or pain, so that they might afterwards be influenced by teaching… Saint Augustine
Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance. Saint Augustine
When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil. Saint Augustine
By the will of the people of the Romans, that the Jews shall use their own customs in accordance with their ancestral law …. anyone is detected stealing their sacred books or their sacred monies, either from a synagogue or from a [Jewish] mans' apartment, he shall be considered sacrilegious and his property shall be brought into the public treasury of the Romans. Augustus
No morality can be founded on authority, even if the authority were divine. Alfred Jules Ayer
All the convents in Madrid are not worth the life of a single Republican. Manuel Azana
When you seek the gain of the fear of god, exalt god and bless the king. Babylonian Proverb
That which has made the greatest noise is a tax of three pence a pound upon tea; but your law of last June laid a tax of the same sum every year upon the Baptists in each parish ... And only because the Baptists at Middleboro have refused to pay that little tax, we hear that the first parish in said town have this fall voted to lay a greater tax upon us. All America are alarmed at the tea tax; though, if they please, they can avoid it by not buying the tea; but we have no such liberty. We must either pay the little tax, or else your people appear even in this time of extremity, determined to lay the great one upon us. Isaac Backus
Now who can hear Christ declare that his kingdom is not of this world, and yet believe that this blending of church and state together can be pleasing to him? Isaac Backus
All that impugn a received religion or superstition are, by the adverse part, branded with the name of atheists. Francis Bacon
As for jest, there are certain things which ought to be privileged from it; namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, any man's present business of importance and any case that deserveth pity. Francis Bacon
The four pillars of government are ... religion, justice, counsel, and treasure. Francis Bacon
Each single thing can be referred more easily to the hand and rod of God. This is nothing more or less than wishing to please God by a lie. Francis Bacon
The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions. Francis Bacon
Ever since Gutenberg, every dynasty, every political leader, every major religion, has recognized that to control the media is to have a powerful instrument for controlling the values and behavior of a population. Benjamin H. Bagdikian
It is not our wish to lay hands on your kingdoms. Our mission is to seize and possess the hearts of men. Baha 'u'llah
It was next of importance to show how the press is made subservient to the cause of the Gospel and the extension of the kingdom of God; then, how the voluntary principle can grapple with existing evils in society, such as intemperance, Sabbath breaking, slavery, and war, by means of diverse associations formed for their repression or removal; and finally, I have reviewed the beneficent and humane institutions of the country, and illustrated the energy of the voluntary principle in their origin and progress. Robert Baird
The freedom allowed in the United States to all sorts of inquiry and discussion necessarily leads to a diversity of opinion, which is seen not only in their being different denominations, but different opinions also in the same denomination. Robert Baird
There being no longer a union of Church and State in any part of the country, so that religion must depend, under God, for its temporal support wholly upon the voluntary principle: it seemed of much consequence to show how vigorously, and how extensively, that principle has brought the influence of the Gospel to bear in every direction upon the objects within its legitimate sphere.... Robert Baird
You can either have revolution or you can have revival. Jim Bakker
We don’t want an extremist Islam. We don’t want a Taliban brand of Islam. We want an Islam of independence, justice and freedom. Muhammad Bakr
If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him. Mikhail Bakunin
Religion is a collective insanity. Mikhail Bakunin
Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty—necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels. James Baldwin
I was arrested because a computer entry said that I have been in Israel at one time … please tell me where the crime in this is. This is against all international law and moral code of every civilized country in the world. I need to get out of here now, every hour multiplies the possibility of my being moved to another location and disappearing forever. Bruce Balfour
A religion that requires persecution to sustain it is of the devil’s propagation. Hosea Ballou
Islam … is a story of the struggle between reason and belief, between consent and authoritarianism, between resistance to tyranny and tyrants. Benjamin R. Barber
Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down. down. Amen! If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it. Dan Barker
Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits. Dan Barker
Lord, open the eyes of the Queen's majesty, that she may see Jesus Christ, whom she has pierced with her infidelity, superstition, and idolatry. Barnard
The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free—which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state. Alan Barth
A matter of no interest to us whether the earth is a sphere or a cylinder or a disk, or concave in the middle like a fan. Basil the Great
I read the Gospel, and saw there that a great means of reaching perfection was the selling of one's goods, the sharing of them with the poor, the giving up of all care for this life, and the refusal to allow the soul to be turned by any sympathy towards things of earth Basil the Great
You can find a theologian who will spout almost anything. Gary Bauer
In matters of religion it is very easy to deceive a man, and very hard to undeceive him. Pierre Bayle
It is only common prejudice that induces us to believe that atheism is a fearful state. Pierre Bayle
Freedom of religion also implies the right not to have or profess a religion. This is sometimes overlooked. It is a sad commentary on religion that religionists, probably quite well-meaning at times, have throughout history tried to force fellow human beings into a required religious mold. Apart from the very wrong theological assumptions involved, this is a flagrant violation of the dignity of the human person. Coerced religion is demeaning and of little value. Bert B. Beach
There is little doubt that religious liberty is best exercised within the setting of the secular state. Bert B. Beach
Christianity gave eroticism its savor of sin and legend when it endowed the human female with a soul. Simone de Beauvoir
Christianity is the enemy of liberty and of civilization. It has kept mankind in chains. August Bebel
All pupils of school age have the right to moral or religious education at the community’s expense. Belgium
Our goal is not ... the provinces, but the restoration of the caliphate and the rule of the Book of God throughout the Islamic nation. Ali Belhadj
Let's observe how low did public morality stoop: people do not give to charity anymore, nor do they respect property which we entrusted to them. Males obey females, filial loyalty disappears when children get married. Men drink wine, clad in silk. They associate with musicians and belly dancers Ali Belhadj
Owing to the shortcomings of human nature, past events are easily forgotten with the passage of time. Therefore, it is worth protecting and confirming in writing what has been concluded by legal persons in contract … Any affair discussed in the presence of My Royal Highness be confirmed in writing. Bella III
It suggests the red flag with all manner of sexual novelties, and an abusive tone about God and religion. Edward Bellamy
Jesus the Socialist Francis Bellamy
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin Roberto Bellarmino
What we want in this country is not Jews who can successfully keep up their Jewishness in a few large ghettos, but men and women who have grown up in freedom and can assert themselves wherever they are. A parochial system of education among the Jews would be fatal to such hopes. Samson Benderly
Religion is the anchor of morality for most people. William Bennett
There is no pestilence in a state like a zeal for religion, independent of morality. Jeremy Bentham
The white race were a land-loving people, and had a right to possess it because they used it according to the intentions of the Creator. Thomas Hart Benton
This is, I say, a new kind of knighthood and one unknown to the ages gone by. It ceaselessly wages a twofold war both against flesh and blood and against a spiritual army of evil in the heavens Bernard of Clairvaux
Not to be ministered unto but to minister. Martha McChesney Berry
If the tyrant forbids what God commands, you should not at all judge that you have performed your duty if you have merely refused to obey the tyrant, unless at the same time you obey the command of God. Theodore Beza
The authority of all magistrates (with however great power and sovereignty they be vested) is as it were hedged in by these two limits set by God himself, namely Piety and Charity Theodore Beza
Iraq is more democratic than America. You have divorce. You have abortion. But, thanks to President Saddam Hussein, Iraqi Christians are forbidden to have abortions or to divorce. So I enjoy all my rights—much more than in so-called democratic countries. Raphael Bidawid
An Indiana Member of Congress says, "A Sunday in San Francisco will convince any one that at least two thirds of the population are composed of heathens and infidels".... But does the Indiana mind suppose that we came all the way to the Pacific to acquire faith and practice virtue? We could have done that sort of stupid business at home. Ambrose Bierce
I have wished to crush Rome that I might crush Christianity. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
It is neither sacrilegious or antireligious to say that each separate government should stay out of the business of writing or sanctioning official prayers and leave that purely religious function to the people themselves and to those the people choose to look to for religious guidance. Hugo Black
It is no part of the of the business of government to compose official prayers. Hugo Black
The “establishment of religion” clause of the 1st Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. Hugo Black
State power is no more to be used so as to handicap religions than it is to favor them. Hugo Black
The 1st Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach. Hugo Black
[Referring to Thaddeus Stevens:] His mind was a howling wilderness, so far as his sense of obligation to God was concerned. Jeremiah S. Black
The manifest object of the men who framed the institutions of this country, was to have a State without religion and a Church without politics—that is to say, they meant that one should never be used as an engine for the purposes of the other.... For that reason they built up a wall of complete and perfect partition between the two. Jeremiah S. Black
Ice cream shops are just houffs, persons just entering and enjoying themselves in a manner which is not proper. William Black
A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some. Harry A. Blackmun
The mixing of government and religion can be a threat to free government, even if no one is forced to participate.... When the government puts its imprimatur on a particular religion, it conveys a message of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the favored beliefs. Harry A. Blackmun
Many of the problems of our country started when we chased faith out of the public square. Kenneth Blackwell
We’re not fighting for Christianity but against human fanaticism of all kinds. Tony Blair
We early freed ourselves from the incubus of a State Church. Edward Blake
The priest promotes war, and the soldier peace. William Blake
We want no new types of public appropriations for sectarian purposes Paul Blanshard
We want no religious or anti-religious political parties. Paul Blanshard
Religion is too important an aspect of human life to be prostituted to politics, just as politics is too important a part of human life to be enslaved to religion. Joseph L. Blau
They knew I had some problems with them. …. It was a bunch of bullshit. I didn't believe in it. …. They are constituents of mine. They have a huge facility in Helmet. If they come in with a legitimate concern, then I will address it. Mary Bono
Hey, I'm done with it. I'm not a Scientologist [any more.] Sonny Bono
L. Ron Hubbard [founder of Scientology] was a falling-down drunk who drank himself to death. Sonny Bono
Neither cross nor faith bring me succor or protection /Against those felon Turks, God curse them!;, .d. Turkey;, .d. Jerusalem;, .d. Holy Land;, .d. Crusades;, .d. faith;, .d. religion;, .d. expansionism;, .d. Arsuf;, .d. Moslems;, Neither cross nor faith bring me succor or protection Against those felon Turks, God curse them! On the contrary, from what one can see, God wants to support them to our detriment. Ricaut Bonomel
It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever. Daniel J. Boorstin
… the Democratic Party in robes. Robert Bork
All participants in politics want to impose as much of their morality on others as possible. Robert Bork
Unhappily, religion is used to cover or bolster up a number of bad practices. I … still see a threat of Catholic-Fascism. And officially the Irish Roman Catholic Church is opposed to progress as not good for the people …. The effect of religious opinion in this country (Protestant as well as Catholic) seems to be, a heavy trend to the Right. Elizabeth Bowen
It is against my conscience that you should play whilst others were at work: and that if you had any devotion to the day, you should show it at home in the exercises of religion, and not in the streets with pasttime and frolicks. William Bradford
[The apparent extensive sinning] is not more evils in this kind, nor nothing near so many by proportion, as in other places; but they are here more discovered and seen, and made publick by due search, inquisition, and due punishment; for the churches looke narrowly to their members, and the magistrates over all, more strictly than in other places. William Bradford
Liberty's chief foe is theology. Charles Bradlaugh
A heretic, my dear sir, is a fellow who disagrees with you regarding something neither of you knows anything about. William Cowper Brann
One religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another. William J. Brennan, Jr.
The Supreme Court has continually been zealous in protecting the right of school children to be free from sectarian influence by school authorities. Thus, practices which may be acceptable for an adult audience or a public forum may be unacceptable for public schools where attendance is mandatory and the desire to conform is typical among youth of such age. Dennis Brett
This is a Christian nation. David J. Brewer
Behind that innocent face is the power of satanic darkness. Harry Potter is the devil and he is destroying people Jack Brock
Government isn't a religion. It shouldn't be treated as such. It's not God; it's humans, fallible people, feathering their nests most of the time. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The religion of one seems madness unto another. Thomas Browne
Perchance you who pronounce my sentence are in greater fear than I who receive it. Giordano Bruno
I have seldom met an intelligent person whose views were not narrowed and distorted by religion. James Buchanan
The Government of the United States possesses no power whatever over the question of religion. James Buchanan
Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity. Pat Buchanan
I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings. Pearl S. Buck
The clergy, with a few honorable exceptions, have in all modern countries been the avowed enemies of the diffusion of knowledge, the danger of which to their own profession they, by a certain instinct, seem always to have perceived. Thomas Henry Buckle
Christianity is the hallmark of civilization. William F. Buckley Jr.
When authority itself is in question, the middle gives way. Richard W. Bulliet
I am an atheist still, thank God. Luis Bunuel
As a scientist I cannot help feeling that all religions are on a tottering foundation. None is perfect or inspired. As for their prophets, there are as many today as ever before, only now science refuses to let them overstep the bounds of common sense. Luther Burbank
We have a very vivid democracy, but it's very fragile, partly because of our inner conflict. What is the real authority, the Knesset or … the synagogue? Are we a democracy or a theocracy. Avraham Burg
Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement … The cause of civil liberty and civil government gains as little as that of religion by this confusion of duties. Edmund Burke
The more I study religions, the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. Richard Francis Burton
The ideal of progress, freedom of thought, and the decline of ecclesiastical power go together. John Bagnell Bury
America is not ready to ban abortions. George W. Bush
Many good people practice no faith at all. George W. Bush
That’s where those crazies shoot statues. George W. Bush
[I am] cautious about wearing my religion on my sleeve. George W. Bush
There’s all this Christian right, and abortion. These are not the issues that drive people’s concerns. John Ellis Bush
God is ordinarily for the big battalions against the little ones. Roger Bussy-Rabutin
The greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness—each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked—each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity. Herbert Butterfield
Everything that we are about as African people in terms of our struggle for justice and freedom started in the church. There is no separation of the sacred and secular—of the church and state—in Black America. There is no separation. Calvin Butts
We have fools in all sects, and impostors in most. George Gordon Byron
As a matter of principle, science teachers are professionally bound to limit their teaching to science and should resist pressure [from religious fundamentalists] to do otherwise. California Board of Education
There are people of good will who believe that . But there are other people of good will who do not …. It is fundamentally a religious question …. People of great faith … are trying to impose that faith on everyone. Tom Campbell
The White man seems unable to understand or perhaps he is unwilling to accept the fact that another man may believe differently—that another man's religion may be valid. Harold Cardinal
When I signed the Declaration of Independence I had in view not only our independence from England but the toleration of all sects. Charles Carroll
My earnest regard to preserve inviolate forever, in our new empire, the great principle of religious freedom ... which is independent of any religious doctrine and not restrained by any. Jon Carroll
The most important thing in my life is Jesus Christ. Jimmy Carter
To what great evils has religion been able to impel men. Titus Lucretius Carus; Lucretius
The seculars and those that adhere to them are generally well affected to the peace of the state. Henry Cary; Viscount Falkland
The traitorous locusts of Rome, by name the Jesuit and Franciscan friars, if not all the friars …Banishment is of necessity to be speedy, and would not be unacceptable to all the moderate papists of the kingdom, who are weary to be robbed, insulted over, and daily endangered by them and their practices … Henry Cary; Viscount Falkland
Religion claims to be in possession of an absolute truth; but its history is a history of errors and heresies. Ernst Cassirer
America is not held together by a common race, religion or ethnicity; it is held together by shared values. Jim Castelli
Christians must be conscious of their specific and proper role in the political community; they should be a shining example by their sense of responsibility and their dedication to the common good Catholic Church
It is not for the pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political construction and organization of social life. Catholic Church
Parishes can help lift up the moral and human dimension of public issues, calling people to informed participation in the political process. Catholic Church
The members of the Church, as members of society, have the same right and duty to promote the common good as do other citizens. Catholic Church
I wonder that a prophet doesn’t laugh whenever he sees another prophet. Cato the Elder; Cato the Censor; Marcus Porcius Cato
A free church in a free state. Camillo di Cavour
The Greek patriarchs [clergy] were displeased. Whereas in former times in the Ottoman state, the communities were ranked, with the Moslems first, then the Greeks, then the Armenians, then the Jews, now all of them were put on the same level. Some Greeks objected to this, saying, “The Government has put us together with the Jews. We were content with the supremacy of Islam.” Amhed Cevdet Pasa
Of the six men who have done most to make America the wonder and the joy she is to all of us, not one could be the citizen of a government so constituted; for Washington and Franklin and Jefferson, certainly the three mightiest leaders in our early history, were heretics in their day, Deists, as men called them; and Garrison and Lincoln and Sumner, certainly the three mightiest in these later times, would all be disfranchised by the proposed amendment. Lincoln could not have taken the oath of office had such a clause been in the Constitution. John White Chadwick
All the motive power in all of these [activist and revolutionary] movements is the instinct of religious feeling. John Jay Chapman
My ancestors brought the cross to America and you have made a club of it. Dennis Chavez
We are undemocratic, then, in our religion, as is proved by our efforts to “raise” the poor. Gilbert K. Chesterton
I have no doubt that if you were to ask a cannibal, he would plead his religion for the heinous acts he does. Shanmukhan Chetty
The forces of globalization and religious marginalization are out to get us. Chrisodoulos
God's friend, priests' foe Duke of Brunswick Christian
We do not believe that any religious society has authority to try men on the right of property or life, to take from them this world's goods, or to put them in jeopardy of either life or limb, or to inflict any physical punishment upon them. They can only excommunicate them from their society, and withdraw from their fellowship. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons
Carefully take notice of witches, charmers, and all such abusers of the people. Church of Scotland
If any think it severe that the child should be punished for the inequity of the father, let them understand that the sacraments appertain only to the faithful and to their seed. Church of Scotland
To spread abroad among barbarians and heathen natives the knowledge of the Gospel seems to be highly preposterous, in so far as it anticipates, nay reverses, the order of nature. Church of Scotland
I could hardly be called a pillar of the [Anglican] Church. I am more in the nature of a buttress, for I support it from the outside. Winston Churchill
Religions number in their ledgers more murders than the bloodiest tyrannies account for Emile M. Cioran
The Republic city seal pervasively invades the daily lives of non-Christians and sends a message that they are outsiders. The Constitution forbids such a result. Russell G. Clark
There is no neutral aid when that aid principally flows to religious institutions nor is there truly “private choice” when the available choices resulting from the program are predominantly religious. Eric L. Clay
All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All separated from government, are compatible with liberty. Henry Clay
In this country there is no alliance between church and state, no established religion, no tolerated religion—for toleration results from establishment DeWitt Clinton
We can’ t renew our country unless more of us—I mean all of us—are willing to join churches. Bill Clinton
Religious-based and ethnic-based schools act as points of division in society, often breeding prejudice and fear … Eddie Clynes
The church that weds itself to the culture of the day, will be a widow with each succeeding age. Samuel Callan