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Religious belief is without reason and without dignity, and its record is near-universally dreadful.

The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11
It is straightforward—and never mind, for now, about plagues and famines: if God existed, and if he cared for humankind, he would never have given us religion.

The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11
Being put in our place by something larger, older, greater than ourselves is not a humiliation; it should be accepted as a relief from our insanely hopeful ambitions for our lives.

Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
The pioneers and missionaries of religion have been the real cause of more trouble and war than all other classes of mankind.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
The religious definition of truth is not that it is universal but that it is absolute.

Enchafed Flood
Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair
It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it
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