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George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880)
British novelist of the 19th-century realist tradition

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)"Heaven help us," said the old religion; the new one, from its very lack of that faith, will teach us all the more to help one another.
-- George Eliot (attributed: source unknown)

I am influenced at the present time by far higher considerations and by a nobler idea of duty than I ever was when I held the Evangelical belief.
-- George Eliot (attributed: source unknown)

Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.
-- George Eliot, Middlemarch, bk. 1, ch. 10 (1872)

I could not without vile hypocrisy and a miserable truckling to the smile of the world ... profess to join in worship which I wholly disapprove.
-- George Eliot, letter to her father, February 1842, explaining her refusal to attend church

Given, a man with moderate intellect, a moral standard not higher than the average, some rhetorical affluence and a great glibness of speech, what is the career in which, without the aid of birth or money, he may most easily attain power and reputation in English society? Where is that Goshen of mediocrity in which a smattering of science and learning will pass for profound instruction, where platitudes will be accepted as wisdom, bigoted narrowness as holy zeal, unctuous egoism as God-given piety?
-- George Eliot, "Evangelical Teaching: Dr. Cumming," an essay ridiculing the career of evangelism, printed in "Westminster Review," 1850s

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)Minds fettered by this doctrine no longer inquire concerning a proposition whether it is attested by sufficient evidence, but whether it accords with Scripture; they do not search for facts as such, but for facts that will bear out their doctrine. It is easy to see that this mental habit blunts not only the perception of truth, but the sense of truthfulness, and that the man whose faith drives him into fallacies treads close upon the precipice of falsehood.... So long as a belief in propositions is regarded as indispensable to salvation, the pursuit of truth as such is not possible.
-- George Eliot, "Evangelical Teaching: Dr. Cumming," an essay ridiculing the career of evangelism, printed in "Westminster Review," 1850s

Your dunce who can't do his sums always has a taste for the infinite.
-- George Eliot, "Felix Holt, the Radical," 1860

God, immortality, duty -- how inconceivable the first, how unbelievable the second, how peremptory and absolute the third.
-- George Eliot, from "What Great Men Think About Religion" by Ira D Cardiff, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

It is time the clergy are told that thinking men, after a close examination of that doctrine [Christianity], pronounce it to be subversive of true moral development and, therefore, positively noxious.
-- George Eliot, from "What Great Men Think About Religion" by Ira D Cardiff, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

A perverted moral judgment belongs to the dogmatic system.
-- George Eliot, from "What Great Men Think About Religion" by Ira D Cardiff, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

Subtract from the New Testament the miraculous and highly impossible, and what will be the remainder?
-- George Eliot, from "What Great Men Think About Religion" by Ira D Cardiff, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

When the soul is just liberated from the wretched giant's bed of dogmas on which it has been racked and stretched ever since it began to think, there is a feeling of exultation and strong hope.
-- George Eliot, from "What Great Men Think About Religion" by Ira D Cardiff, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)Fatally powerful as religious systems have been, human nature is stronger and wider, and though dogmas may hamper they cannot absolutely repress its growth.
-- George Eliot, from "What Great Men Think About Religion" by Ira D Cardiff, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

My childhood was full of deep sorrows -- colic, whooping-cough, dread of ghosts, hell, Satan, and a Deity in the sky who was angry when I ate too much plumcake.
-- George Eliot, from "Views of Religion" by Rufus K Noyes, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
-- George Eliot (attributed: source unknown)

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T S [Thomas Stearns] Eliot (1888-1965)
American-British critic and poet

T.S. Eliot (portrait: Culver)To justify Christian morality because it provides a foundation of morality, instead of showing the necessity of Christian morality from the truth of Christianity, is a very dangerous inversion.
-- TS Eliot, quoted from Peter McWilliams, Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country (1998)

T.S. Eliot (portrait: National Portrait Gallery, London)Human kind Cannot bear very much reality.
-- T S Eliot, Burnt Norton, pt. 1, in Four Quartets (these words also appeared in Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral, pt. 2, spoken by Thomas), quoted from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
-- T S Eliot, "The Burial of the Dead," in The Waste Land (1922), quoted from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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Alvar Ellegard
Swedish educator, historian, statistician

I quite agree with Earl Doherty that the most important result of research carried out by writers like Wells, himself, Freke and Gandy, and myself, is the demonstration that the Jesus figure of the New Testament Gospels and Acts is a fiction, without any real evidential support. The earliest Christian documents, by Paul and many others, if interpreted on their own terms, yield a very different picture of Jesus, and indeed of the origin of Christianity as a whole. If we are largely right, the whole history of Christianity has to be radically rewritten. It has to be based, not on the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, but on the relevant first century literature, which is quite extensive.
-- Alvar Ellegard, "On the historical and the spiritual view of the Jesus figure of earliest Christianity," a response to Professor Doherty's critique of Jesus -- One Hundred Years before Christ: A Study in Creative Mythology (1999) p. 158

I think that the Teacher of Righteousness of the Essenes was in fact the figure -- either historical or not -- behind the Jesus of Paul and his contemporaries. The main question of this stage is why the second century Christians substituted another, fictional Jesus, and how they managed to convince their communities on this point, and how they succeeded in obliterating virtually all evidence about the original, Essene Jesus.
-- Alvar Ellegard, Jesus -- One Hundred Years before Christ: A Study in Creative Mythology (1999) p. 158

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Hugh Elliot
Astronomer

No sign of purpose can be detected in any part of the vast universe disclosed by our most powerful telescopes.
-- Hugh Elliot, Modern Science and Materialism, p. 39, quoted from Woolsey Teller, The Atheism of Astronomy: A Refutation of the Theory that the Universe is Governed by Intelligence (1938)

All human knowledge is derived by observation and experiment. The facts thus made known are co-ordinated or systemized in the various sciences. They are the individual bricks out of which the edifice of a scientific theory is built. As isolated facts, they have little philosophic import; but in proportion they can be co-ordinated into broad generalizations, they take on deeper philosophical significance. Science therefore, alone can furnish the data of philosophy. If there is any knowledge attainable that can truly be called philosophic, it is such knowledge only as is yielded by a study of the various sciences. Consequently, the first thing to be done in any search after philosophic principles is to travel over the special sciences with a view to extracting from them such information as is relevant to our purpose.
-- Hugh Elliot, Modern Science and Materialism, p. 300

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Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)
British psychologist

Havelock Ellis (from *Havelock Ellis: In Appreciation,* compiled and edited by Joseph Ishill. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Oriole Press, 1929)There is a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomena and religion.
-- Havelock Ellis, from Rufus K Noyes, Views of Religion (1906), quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.
-- Havelock Ellis, Impressions and Comments (1914), quoted from Jonathon Green, The Cassell Dictionary of Cynical Quotations

Havelock Ellis, Library of Congress (JayPig, Cliff Walker)It is curious how there seems to be an instinctive disgust in Man for his nearest ancestors and relations. If only Darwin could conscientiously have traced man back to the Elephant or the Lion or the Antelope, how much ridicule and prejudice would have been spared to the doctrine of Evolution.
-- Havelock Ellis, Impressions and Comments (1914), entry for 8 May 1913. The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command.
-- Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life (1923)

Havelock EllisIt is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great.
-- Havelock Ellis (attributed: source unknown)

The man who has never wrestled with his early faith, the faith that he was brought up with and that yet is not truly his own -- for no faith is our own that we have not arduously won -- has missed not only a moral but an intellectual discipline. The absence of that discipline may mark a man for life and render all his work ineffective. He has missed a training in criticism, in analysis, in open-mindedness, in the resolutely impersonal treatment of personal problems, which no other training can compensate. He is, for the most part, condemned to live in a mental jungle where his arm will soon be too feeble to clear away the growths that enclose him, and his eyes too weak to find the light.
-- Havelock Ellis, quoted in David Brooks, The Necessity of Atheism "Preface"

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Amos Elon (b. 1926)
Israeli author, journalist

Amos ElonJerusalem has been -- and for many, still is -- a metaphor for destruction and the vengeance of an offended God. She is the city where believers have killed unbelievers to give life to faith.
-- Amos Elon, Jerusalem: City of Mirrors

In Jerusalem, the various modes of worship essentially stood for the same cause but were equally hateful to one another. They never served as a unifying factor. Their adherents were equally manipulated by the clergies to regard the others as wicked infidels or idolaters. The centuries passed in constant pious agitation and in frequent religious wars.
-- Amos Elon, Jerusalem: City of Mirrors, 1989, p. 27

Local psychiatrists now speak of a Jerusalem syndrome. A hundred-odd pilgrims and tourists are treated each year at Kfar Shaul Hospital, the government mental-health center serving the Jerusalem area, for breakdowns related to this syndrome, which involves messianic fantasies and delusions of being Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, or other biblical characters. They are mostly Americans and almost all are Protestant. Many have a strong grounding in the Bible. In Jerusalem, they suddenly take off their clothes or shout prophecies on street corners, only to revert to normal after a few days' treatment.
-- Amos Elon, Jerusalem: City of Mirrors, 1989, p. 147, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

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Oliver Ellsworth (1745-1807)
American jurist, senator from Connecticut (1789-1796), justice of the US Supreme Court (1796-1800)

Oliver EllsworthThe sole purpose and effect of it [Article VI] is to exclude persecution and to secure the important right of religious liberty.
-- Oliver Ellsworth, Philip B Kurland and Ralph Lerner (eds.), The Founder's Constitution, University of Chicago Press, 1987, Vol. 4, p. 638, quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

Legislatures have no right to set up an inquisition and examine into the private opinions of men. Test-laws are useless and ineffectual, unjust and tyrannical.
-- Oliver Ellsworth, Philip B Kurland and Ralph Lerner (eds.), The Founder's Constitution, University of Chicago Press, 1987, Vol. 4, p. 642, quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American essayist and poet

Ralph Waldo EmersonWe must get rid of that Christ, we must get rid of that Chris!
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, from John E Remsberg, The Christ (1909)

As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, "Self-Reliance" (First Series, 1841), from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, quoted from Jonathon Green, The Cassell Dictionary of Cynical Quotations

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"

As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"

"Other world? There is no other world; here or nowhere is the whole fact."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson: The Mind On Fire, p. 382

If a man fasten his attention of a single aspect of truth and apply himself to that alone for a long time, the truth becomes distorted and not itself but falsehood.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays (First Series, 1841), thanks to Laird Wilcox, ed, "The Degeneration of Belief"

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, "Compensation" (First Series, 1841), from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, "Compensation," (First Series, 1841), from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Ralph Waldo EmersonLeave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled. I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life, "Considerations by the Way" (1860), from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals (1838), thanks to Laird Wilcox, ed, "The Degeneration of Belief"

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart, is true for all men -- that is genius.... Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.... What I must do, is all that concerns me; not what the people think.... Nothing can bring you peace but yourself; nothing, but the triumph of principles.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, oft quoted by Charles Bradlaugh, quoted from Jim Herrick, "Bradlaugh and Secularism: 'The Province of the Real'"

That which shows God in me, fortifies me. That which shows God out of me, makes me a wart and a wen.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Divinity School Address"

To aim to convert a man by miracles is a profanation of the soul.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Divinity School Address"

The word Miracle, as pronounced by Christian churches, gives a false impression; it is Monster. It is not one with the blowing clover and the falling rain.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Divinity School Address"

The way of Providence is a little rude. The habit of snake and spider, the snap of the tiger and other leapers and bloody jumpers, the crackle of the bones of his prey in the coil of the anaconda-these are in the system, and our habits are like theirs.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Fate"

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Thomas I Emerson
Yale law professor

Once one accepts the premise of the Declaration of Independence -- that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed" -- it follows that the governed must, in order to exercise their right of consent, have full freedom of expression.
-- Thomas I Emerson, Toward a General Theory of the First Amendment, ch. 10 (1963), capturing the views of Alexander Meiklejohn and Hugo la Fayette Black

Suppression of expression conceals the real problems confronting a society and diverts public attention from the critical issues. It is likely to result in neglect of the grievances which are the actual basis of the unrest, and thus prevent their correction.
-- Thomas I Emerson, Yale Law Journal (1963), thanks to Laird Wilcox, ed, "The Degeneration of Belief"

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Bishop John England
Catholic bishop of Charleston, SC (1820-1842)

Coat of ArmsThe United States is a country of no distinct religious denomination, but one of perfect freedom, and of a vast variety of religious opinions; one whose inhabitants have solemnly interdicted to its government any interference, direct or indirect, with the subject of their religion.
-- Bishop John England, Letter, September 19, 1831

Our federal government is not warranted to intermeddle with the interests of religion, directly or indirectly. It is not commissioned to take any part whatever in religious concerns.
-- Bishop John England, Letter, September 26, 1831

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Epicurus (ca. 341-270 BCE)
Greek philosopher

EpicurusWhy should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?
-- Epicurus, quoted by Robert Green Ingersoll in "Why I Am an Agnostic"

I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.
-- Epicurus, Fragments, no. 187, from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another.
-- Epicurus, quoted from Eugene O'Connor, The Essential Epicurus

Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; Or he can, but does not want to; Or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. But, if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how come evil is in the world?
-- Epicurus (attributed: source unknown)

Grow accustomed to the belief that death is nothing to us, since every good and evil lie in sensation. However, death is the deprivation of sensation. Therefore, correct understanding that death is nothing to us makes a mortal life enjoyable, not by adding an endless span of time but by taking away the longing for immortality. For there is nothing dreadful in life for the man who has truly comprehended that there is nothing terrible in not living. Therefore, foolish is the man who says that he fears death, not because it will cause pain when it arrives but because anticipation of it is painful. What is no trouble when it arrives is an idle worry in anticipation. Death, therefore -- the most dreadful of evils -- is nothing to us, since while we exist, death is not present, and whenever death is present, we do not exist. It is nothing either to the living or the dead, since it does not exist for the living, and the dead no longer are.
-- Epicurus (attributed: source unknown)

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Two Versions of The Epicurean Riddle

God is all-powerful.
God is perfectly good.
Evil exists.
If God exists, there would be no evil.
Therefore God does not exist.

-- Epicurus , his logical formmulation which we have dubbed the "Epicurean Riddle"; quoted from William Hart, Evil: A Primer (2004), pages 28-29

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
     Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
     Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
     Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
     Then why call him God?
-- David Hume, echoing the logical formulation that we have dubbed the "Epicurean Riddle"; quoted from William Hart, Evil: A Primer (2004), pages 28-29

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Lucretius: Genius Surpassed All Humankind

"Epicurus ... whose genius surpassed all humankind, extinguished the light of others, as the stars are dimmed by the rising sun." ("Epicurus ... qui genus humanum ingenio superavit, et omnis restinxit, stellas exortus ut aetherius sol.")
-- Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, III1045

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Desiderius Erasmus (1466?-1536)
Dutch humanist

ErasmusMan's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
-- Desiderius Erasmus, Praise of Folly, ch. 45 (1509). The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

This type of man who is devoted to the study of wisdom is always most unlucky in everything, and particularly when it comes to procreating children; I imagine this is because Nature wants to ensure that the evils of wisdom shall not spread further throughout mankind.
-- Desiderius Erasmus, Praise of Folly, ch. 24 (1509). The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

For them it's out-of-date and outmoded to perform miracles; teaching the people is too like hard work, interpreting the holy scriptures is for schoolmen and praying is a waste of time; to shed tears is weak and womanish, to be needy is degrading; to suffer defeat is a disgrace and hardly fitting for one who scarcely permits the greatest of kings to kiss the toes of his sacred feet; and finally, death is an unattractive prospect, and dying on a cross would be an ignominious end.
-- Desiderius Erasmus, Praise of Folly, ch. 59 (1509). The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

ErasmusChristians would show sense if they dispatched these argumentative Scotists and pigheaded Ockhamists and undefeated Albertists along with the whole regiment of Sophists to fight the Turks and Saracens instead of sending those armies of dull-witted soldiers with whom they've long been carrying on war with no result.
-- Desiderius Erasmus, Praise of Folly, ch. 53 (1509). The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
-- Desiderius Erasmus, Praise of Folly, ch. 64 (1509). The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

They are looking in utter darkness for that which has no existence whatsoever.
-- Desiderius Erasmus, quoted from Victor J Stenger, Has Science Found God? (draft: 2001)

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Edward L Ericson
Co-founder of Americans for Religious Liberty

The historic alliance of liberal and evangelical forces, joined in support of freedom of thought and the separation of church and state, brought into being and sustains our pluralistic secular democracy. The secular democratic state is the surest protector of religious and intellectual liberty ever crafted by human ingenuity. Nothing is more fallacious, or inimical to genuine religious liberty, than the seductive notion that the state should "favor" or "foster" religion. All history testifies that such practices inevitably result in favoring one religion over less powerful minorities and secular opinion.
     In the long run governmental favoritism vitiates the religious spirit itself. Where in the Western world is organized religion stronger than in the United States where the church is a take-your-choice affair? Where is it weaker than in Europe where sophisticated secularists joke that they have been "inoculated" for life against religion by compulsory religious indoctrination in state schools? Preserving the secular character of government and the public school is the surest guarantee that religion in America will remain free, vital, uncorrupted by political power, and independent of state manipulation.
     -- Edward L Ericson, Frederick Ungar, American Freedom and the Radical Right (1982), quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

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Eric Homburger Erikson (1902-1994)
German-American psychologist, educator

Eric EriksonEric EriksonFor when established identities become outworn or unfinished ones threaten to remain incomplete, special crises compel men to wage holy wars, by the cruelest means, against those who seem to question or threaten their unsafe ideological bases.
-- Eric Erikson, Childhood and Society (1950), thanks to Laird Wilcox, ed, "The Degeneration of Belief"

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Susan Ertz (1894-1985)
British-American fiction writer and novelist

Parsons always seem to be specially horrified about things like sunbathing and naked bodies. They don't mind poverty and misery and cruelty to animals nearly as much.
-- Susan Ertz, quoted from Jonathon Green, The Cassell Dictionary of Cynical Quotations

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon.
-- Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky (1943)

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Sam J Ervin, Jr. (1896-1985)
United States senator from North Carolina (1954-1974)

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Sam Ervin (Temple Architects Hall of Honor oil)A school prayer amendment would confer upon public school boards a power the First Amendment now denies to Congress and the states, that is, the power to establish religion.
-- Sam Ervin, Preserving the Constitution (1984), quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

What James Madison and the other men of his generation had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment was that there should be no official relationship of any character between government and any church or many churches, and no levying of taxes for the support of any church, or many churches, or all churches, or any institution conducted by any of them.
-- Sam Ervin, address, US Senate (April 23, 1973), quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

Sam Ervin (©1999 Fred J. Maroon)I believe in a wall between church and state so high that no one can climb over it.
     When religion controls government, political liberty dies; and when government controls religion, religious liberty perishes.
     Every American has the constitutional right not to be taxed or have his tax money expended for the establishment of religion.
     For too long the issue of government aid to church related organizations has been a divisive force in our society and in the Congress. It has erected communication barriers among our religions and fostered intolerance.
     -- Sam Ervin, Quotations from Chairman Sam: The Wit and Wisdom of Senator Sam Ervin (1973)

Government is contemptuous of true religion when it confiscates the taxes of Caesar to finance the things of God.
-- Sam Ervin, "Open Letter to President Reagan," Congressional Record (April 29, 1982), quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

Sam ErvinIf religious freedom is to endure in America, the responsibility for teaching religion to public school children must be left to the homes and churches of our land, where this responsibility rightfully belongs. It must not be assumed by the government through the agency of the public school system.
-- Sam Ervin, Preserving the Constitution (1984) quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

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Euripides [Ευριπιδης] (480–406 BCE)
The last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles).

EuripidesDoth some one say that there be gods above?
There are not; no, there are not. Let no fool,
Led by the old false fable, thus deceive you.
Look at the facts themselves, yielding my words
No undue credence: for I say that kings
Kill, rob, break oaths, lay cities waste by fraud,
And doing thus are happier than those
Who live calm pious lives day after day All divinity
Is built-up from our good and evil luck.

-- Euripides: Bellerophon [βελλεροφων], the main character in the play by the same name, after having lost everything has concluded that the gods must not exist; like a number of mythological creatures (the mythical version of Charles Darwin, the mythical version of Thomas Paine, etc) Bellerophon undergoes a death-bed conversion (Thanks to Matthew and Wikipedia)

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Skip Evans
Project Director of the National Center for Science Education

In his glowing review of two "intelligent design" videotapes, Unlocking the Mystery of Life and Icons of Evolution in Christianity Today, Thomas E Woodward writes "The stories they tell challenge the myth that Intelligent Design is a movement driven by religious bias." But if it is a "myth that Intelligent Design is a movement driven by religious bias," why do its proponents have to work so hard to hide their fundamentalist roots?
-- Skip Evans, closing an article that ties these two productions, each produced by a different group (or so the credits would have us believe), with numerous Fundamentalist Christian front-groups, all of whom, it turns out, are essentially the same people; Evans's article reads more like a detective story or even an exposé of the latest Scientology scam, than a simple analysis of a group's supporters and owners; quoted from, "Unlocking the Mystery of Illustra Media" (July 1, 2003)

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