1. 10

    Mockery of religion is one of the most essential things... one of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.

    52
  2. 9

    Why do humans exist? A major part of the answer: because Pikaia Gracilens survived the Burgess decimation.

    55
  3. 8

    Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.

    62
  4. 7

    High moral character is not a precondition for great moral accomplishments.

    64
  5. 6

    Human beings are pattern-seeking animals who will prefer even a bad theory or a conspiracy theory to no theory at all.

    75
  6. 5

    Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence.

    77
  7. 4

    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: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.

    91
  8. 3

    If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.

    110
  9. 2

    Alcohol is an excellent servant and a terrible master.

    110
  10. 1

    A virgin can conceive. A dead body can walk again. Your leprosy can be cured. The blind can see. Nonsense. It’s not moral to lie to children. It’s not moral to lie to ignorant, uneducated people and tell them that if they only would believe nonsense, they can be saved. It’s immoral.

    117
  11. Last Update: 6 February 2023

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