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 With the religious climate we have these days in America, these people would have little chance of becoming one of our Presidents.  Never mind their talent, they are all non-religious, so that's it! ....

 Ted Turner, Larry King, Marlon Brando, Andy Rooney, Ingmar Bergman, Jack Nicholson, Jodie Foster, Marvin Minsky, Francis Crick, Dick Cavett, Richard Leakey, ... Plus the ones referenced below.  For a longer list, please visit the sites indicated above.

Marvin Minsky Marlon Brando Jack Nicholson Jodie Foster
I did not subscribe to my family's religion. Even at a young age I was too mathematical, too logical, to make the leap of faith. I adopted my father's ethical underpinnings, but not his belief in an unseen divinity -Warren Buffet, Financier A poster to Oracle's message board  reports that Ellison says he's an atheist in his book The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison : God Doesn't Think He's Larry Ellison.-Lawrence Ellison, Oracle's CEO
All thinking men are atheists....Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name. Thy kingdom nada, thy will be nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee. -Ernest Hemingway, American author.
The Bible is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.... Our Bible reveals to us the character of our god with minute and remorseless exactness... It is perhaps the most damnatory biography that exists in print anywhere. It makes Nero an angel of light and leading by contrast... 

Faith is believing something you know ainít true... A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows...  I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious -- unless he purposely shut the eyes of his mind and keep them shut by force....  If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be -- a Christian...  If there is a God, he is a malign thug. -Samuel Clemens "Mark Twain", American author and humorist

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My view is that if there is no evidence for it, then forget about it. An agnostic is somebody who doesn't believe in something until there is evidence for it, so I'm agnostic. -Carl Sagan, American astronomer and author

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Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind....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, American revolutionary.

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Religion is all bunk....I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul.... No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life -- our desire to go on living -- our dread of coming to an end. -Thomas Edison, American inventor.

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I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will--and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain. -Gene Roddenberry, Creator of Star Trek.

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By the year 2000, we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God. -Gloria Steinam, women's rights activist.

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I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time. -Isaac Asimov, Russian-born American author.

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 I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in. There's a lot of merit in the moral aspects of religion....In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.-Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft If something is in me which can be called religion than it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it...   I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism...  -Albert Einstein, German-born American physicist. I donít believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life.  Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist

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I turned to speak to God, about the world's despair. But to make bad matters worse, I found God wasn't there... Forgive, O Lord, my little joke on Thee and I'll forgive Thy great big one on me....I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way. -Robert Frost, American poet.

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I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment, to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure...I believe that religion is the belief in future life and in God. I donít believe in either. I donít believe in God as I donít believe in Mother Goose. -Clarence Darrow, American lawyer.

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I wasn't raised Catholic, but I used to go to Mass with my friends, and I viewed the whole business as a lot of very enthralling hocus-pocus. There's a guy hanging upon the wall in the church, nailed to a cross and dripping blood, and everybody's blaming themselves for that man's torment, but I said to myself, 'Forget it. I had no hand in that evil. I have no original sin. There's no blood of any sacred martyr in my hands. I pass on all of this....I believe that all important matters have to be settled here, not in the clouds somewhere after we kick off. -Billy Joel, American musician

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Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet... Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich... All religions have been made by men... -Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor

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Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror...Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.. Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense...Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd...-Francois Marie Arouet "Voltaire", French author and playwright

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Religion is based . . . mainly on fear . . . fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. . . . My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race....Fear is the parent of cruelty, therefore it is no wonder if religion and cruelty have gone hand-in-hand. -Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, educator, mathemetician, and social critic.

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History does not record anywhere or at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unkonwn without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it... Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proven innocent. -Robert A. Heinlen, American science-fiction author.

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Iím an atheist and thatís it. I believe thereís nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people -Katherine Hepburn, Actress By simple common-sense I donít believe in God, in none -Charles Chaplin, Jewish Actor If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank. To your I'm an atheist. To God, I'm the Loyal Opposition. How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?.-Woody Allen, Actor, Director, Writer.

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him... Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?- Arthur C. Clarke, author

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That it is wrong for a man to say he is certain of the objective truth of a proposition unless he can provide evidence which logically justifies that certainty. This is what agnosticism asserts and in my opinion, is all that is essential to agnosticism. -Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist.

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I'm glad some people have that faith. I don't have that faith. If there is a God, a caring God, then we have to figure he's done an extraordinary job of making a very cruel world. -Dave Matthews, Australian rock musician

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The wretchedness of religion is at once an expression and a protest against real wretchedness. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the feeling of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of unspiritual conditions. It is the opium of the people.The social principles of Christianity preach cowardice, self-contempt, abasement, submission, humility, in a word all the qualities of the canaille. -Karl Marx, German economist and political philosopher.

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O senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm and yet will make Gods by the dozen! -Michel Eyqyem de Montaigne, French essayist.

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Faith means not wanting to know what is true...So long as the priest, that professional negator, slanderer and poisoner of life, is regarded as a superior type of human being, there cannot be any answer to the question: What is truth? ...The Christian faith from the beginning, is sacrifice: the sacrifice of all freedom, all pride, all self-confidence of spirit; it is at the same time subjection, a self-derision, and self-mutilation...All religions bear traces of the fact that they arose during the intellectual immaturity of the human race - before it had learned the obligations to speak the truth. Not one of them makes it the duty of its God to be truthful and understandable in his communications...The most serious parody I have ever heard was this: In the beginning was nonsense, and the nonsense was with God, and the nonsense was God...There is no devil and no hell. Thy soul will be dead even sooner than thy body: fear therefore nothing any more. -Freidrich Nietzsche, German philosopher.

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The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us, and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic....For myself, I do not believe in any revelation. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities. -Charles Robert Darwin, English naturalist. The whole tradition Christian concept of life is false. Throw those great Christian blinkers away and look around you, stand on your own two feet and be a man. Sex plays an tremendous part in life. Itís terrible to think we come into this world through some despicable act. Donít believe all the tommy-rot the priests tell you; learn and prove everything by your own experience.-Frederick Delius, British composer (1862-1934)
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one...At present there is not a single credible established religion in the world. -George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born English playwright.

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For the most part we inherit our opinions. We are the heirs of habits and mental customs. Our beliefs, like the fashion of our garments, depend on where we were born. We are molded and fashioned by our surroundings. Environment is a sculptor -- a painter.  If we had been born in Constantinople, then most of us would have said: 'There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.' If our parents had lived on the banks of the Ganges, we would have been worshipers of Siva, longing for the heaven of Nirvana.   As a rule, children love their parents, believe what they teach, and take great pride in saying that the religion of mother is good enough for them... All who doubted or denied would be lost. To live a moral and honest life -- to keep your contracts, to take care of wife and child -- to make a happy home -- to be a good citizen, a patriot, a just and thoughtful man, was simply a respectable way of going to hell.  God did not reward men for being honest, generous and brave, but for the act of faith. Without faith, all the so-called virtues were sins. And the men who practiced these virtues, without faith, deserved to suffer eternal pain.  All of these comforting and reasonable things were taught by the ministers in their pulpits -- by teachers in Sunday schools and by parents at home. The children were victims. They were assaulted in the cradle -- in their mother's arms. Then, the schoolmaster carried on the war against their natural sense, and all the books they read were filled with the same impossible truths. The poor children were helpless. The atmosphere they breathed was filled with lies -- lies that mingled with their blood....The clergy know that I know that they know that they do not know...  A believer is a bird in a cage. A freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing...   With soap, baptism is a good thing. -Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and lecturer.

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It is fear that first brought Gods into the world. -Gallus Petronius, 1st Century Roman courtier

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The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind. -Marquis de Sade, French libertine.

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To regard Christ as God, and to pray to him, are to my mind the greatest possible sacrilege. -Leo Tolstoy, Russian revolutionary

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I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create. -Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter

 

If God has spoken, why is the world not convinced. -Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet. Neither in my private life nor in my writings, have I ever made a secret of being an out-and-out unbeliever... Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis. -Sigmund Freud, German-born psychologist Dr. Kevorkian, called the "angel of death" for being a firm believer of euthanasia, and the "right to die with dignity",  just as many of us are.  He has been jailed accused by the Christian Conservative American Inquisition of having committed homicides. To many of us -watching in disbelieve-  he is a martyr, who was at the wrong time, in the wrong country... yes! ... the USA.  (Juan Xuna).
 

Morality is doing what is right no matter what you are told.

Religion is doing what you are told no matter what is right.

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