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To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.
It is not doubted, and you know it, that Ireland and all those islands which have received the faith, belong to the Church of Rome; if you wish to enter that Island, to drive vice out of it, to cause law to be obeyed and St Peter's Pence to be paid by every house, it will please us to assign it to you.
Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918–1996)
... nattering nabobs of negativism ...
... pusillanimous pussyfooters ...
... vicars of vacillation ...
... hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history ...
Asghar Ali Afridi
I had heard from the sermons in the mosques that those who blaspheme deserve to be killed immediately. It was a weakness of faith that we did not do it.
My captors stole everything from me.... Those who captured me, in front of me, divided up my money, and later they led me into the hands of the torturers. In the long hours of torture, they asked me constantly about other pastors ... of some churches in the capital; they asked me also about my views on liberation theology and about the liberation of the people of Israel. The Torturers, tired of doing so much damage to me, rested for a while; then I recognised some of them: two are members of a singing duo from these churches [Verbo and Misión Elim]; I begged [them] to recognise me because I recognised them; then they asked me questions about my capture, my complete name, my address, my church and my activities. When they realised I was not the person they were looking for, they begged my forgiveness, saying "Brother, we are also Christians."
Pastor: Army Kills "Demons," Not Indians
"The Army doesn't massacre the Indians. It massacres demons, and the Indians are demon possessed; they are communists. We hold Brother Efraín Ríos Montt like King David of the Old Testament. He is the king of the New Testament."
When you can turn people on their head and shake them and no money falls out, then you know God's saying, "Move on, son."
[The United States may have to] burn a couple of nations down.
I've read the Koran, and I believe Allah's proper
name is Lucifer.
They put the Negroes in the schools, and now they've driven God out.
For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe -- that unless I believed, I should not understand.
Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.
If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.
As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.
That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell.
Moses made mistakes, Abraham made mistakes, David made mistakes, Elijah made mistakes...
Kill them all; for God knoweth them that are His. (Tuez-les tous; Dieu reconnaitra les siens.)
Italianate Englishmen are incarnate devils ... for they first lustfully condemn God, then scornfully mock his word, and also spitefully hate and hurt all the well wishers thereof.... They count as fables the holy mysteries of religion.
Civilized people -- Muslims, Christians and Jews -- all understand that the source of freedom and human dignity is the Creator.
Any citizen who's offended ... can leave the service.
For the first time in a long time, our leaders in Washington understand what Americans of all religious backgrounds have long held to be true: through faith, all things are possible.
We are a nation called to defend freedom -- a tradition that is not a grant of any government or document, but is an endowment from God.
[The war on terrorism isn't a religious war, but] a defense of our right to make moral choices, to seek fellowship with God that is chosen and not commanded.
Christianity is a faith in which God sends his son to die for you, [while Islam is] a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him.
Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.
If America is to be great in the future, it will be if we understand that our source is not civic and temporal, but our source is godly and eternal.
We must embrace the power of faith, but we must never confuse politics and piety. For me, may I say that it is against my religion to impose my religion.
Frankly, the president, during the first opportunity I had to be in a Cabinet meeting, before we started the meeting, he said, "Folks, before we begin this meeting, I'm going to call on General Ashcroft and ask him invite the wisdom and presence of God in what we do."
[Ashcroft vowed to] spare no effort to preserve the rights of all our citizens to pledge allegiance to the American flag.
Ashcroft Changes His Tune
We're going to protect and honor the Constitution, and I don't have the authority to set it aside.... If I had the authority to set it aside, this would be a dangerous government, and I wouldn't respect it.
Staff Bible Studies and Prayer Meetings
The purpose of the Department of Justice is to do the business of the government, not to establish a religion.... It strikes me and a lot of others as offensive, disrespectful and unconstitutional. . . . It at least blurs the line, and it probably crosses it.
It's alienating. He's using public spaces to have a personally meaningful event to which I would not be welcome, nor would I feel welcome.
When the confrontation begins, strike like champions who do not want to go back to this world. Shout, "Allahu Akbar," because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.
Make sure that nobody is following you.
Remind yourself that in this night you will face many challenges. But you have to face them and understand it 100 percent.... Obey God, his messenger, and don't fight among yourself where you become weak, and stand fast, God will stand with those who stood fast.
Everybody hates death, fears death, but only those, the believers who know the life after death and the reward after death, would be the ones who will be seeking death.
You should pray, you should fast. You should ask God for guidance, you should ask God for help.... Continue to pray throughout this night. Continue to recite the Quran.
Purify your heart and clean it from all earthly matters. The time of fun and waste has gone. The time of judgment has arrived. Hence we need to utilize those few hours to ask God for forgiveness. You have to be convinced that those few hours that are left you in your life are very few. From there you will begin to live the happy life, the infinite paradise. Be optimistic. The prophet was always optimistic.
Keep a very open mind, keep a very open heart of what you are to face. You will be entering paradise. You will be entering the happiest life, everlasting life.
I pray to you God to forgive me from all my sins, to allow me to glorify you in every possible way.
Oh, God, open all doors for me. Oh God who answers prayers and answers those who ask you, I am asking you for your help. I am asking you for forgiveness. I am asking you to lighten my way. I am asking you to lift the burden I feel.
The wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy. To love with sternness is better than to deceive with gentleness.... In Luke [14:23] it is written: "Compel people to come in!" By threats of the wrath of God, the Father draws souls to his Son.
When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil.
There is no salvation outside the church.
Man has been naturally so created that it is advantageous for him to be submissive, but disastrous for him to follow his own will, and not the will of his creator.
Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance.
Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they are the cause of hideous and involuntary erections in holy men.
Nothing so casts down the manly mind from it's height as the fondling of women and those bodily contacts which belong to the married state.
Who can control this when its appetite is aroused? No one! In the very movement of this appetite, then, it has no "mode" that responds to the decisions of the will ... Yet what he wishes he cannot accomplish ... In the very movement of the appetite, it has no mode corresponding to the decision of the will.
As to the fable that there are Antipodes, that is to say, men on the opposite side of the earth where the sun rises when it sets to us, men who walk with their feet opposite ours, that is on no ground credible. Even if some unknown landmass is there, and not just ocean, there was only one pair of original ancestors, and it is inconceivable that such distant regions should have been peopled by Adam's descendants.
But even those who delight in this pleasure are not moved to it at their own will, whether they confine themselves to lawful or transgress to unlawful pleasures; but sometimes this lust importunes them in spite of themselves, and sometimes fails them when they desire to feel it, so that though lust rages in the mind, it stirs not in the body. Thus, strangely enough, this emotion not only fails to obey the legitimate desire to beget offspring, but also refuses to serve lascivious lust; and though it often opposes its whole combined energy to the soul that resists it, sometimes also it is divided against itself, and while it moves the soul, leaves the body unmoved.
It is indeed better (as no one ever could deny) 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 (as we have proved, and are daily proving by actual experiment), in being first compelled by fear or pain, so that they might afterwards be influenced by teaching, or might follow out in act what they had already learned in word.
The Subtle Fulmination of the Encircled Sea
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