It's OK to Doubt
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From Arthur C. Clarke

"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?"

"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship
God, but to create him."

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From Carl Sagan:

"Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this
astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming
it away on spiritual fantasy."

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From John Adams, US President:

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were
no religion in it."

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From George Carlin, comedian:

"Religion is just mind control."

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From Thomas Edison:

"Religion is all bunk."

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From Albert Einstein:

"I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and
I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with
no superhuman authority behind it."

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From Sigmund Freud:

"Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis."

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From Robert Frost:

"I turned to speak to God, About the world's despair; But
to make bad matters worse, I found God wasn't there."

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From Thomas Jefferson, US President:

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

"Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies."

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From Abraham Lincoln, US President:

"The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession.
I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements
of Christian dogma."

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From James Madison, US President:

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and
unfits it for every noble enterprise."

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From Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek:

"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."

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From Bertrand Russell, philosopher:

"Fear is the parent of cruelty, therefore it is no wonder if
religion and cruelty have gone hand-in-hand."

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From William Howard Taft, US President:

"I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are
many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to
which I cannot subscribe."