We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” Jonathan Swift 1667-1745.
flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds & then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. Arundhati Roy
Nationalism … is like cheap alcohol. First it makes you drunk, then it makes you blind, then it kills you. ~ Dan Fried
For seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm”
“Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.” –Thomas Jefferson
Patriotism is a survival from barbarous times which must not only be evoked and educated but which must be eradicated by all means – by preaching, persuasion, contempt and ridicule.” Leo Tolstoy
“ Mankind shall not be free until the last king is strangled in the entrails of the last priest.”
The feeling of patriotism – It is an immoral feeling because, instead of confessing himself a son of God . . . or even a free man guided by his own reason, each man under the influence of patriotism confesses himself the son of his fatherland and the slave of his government, and commits actions contrary to his reason and conscience.” Leo Tolstoy, Patriotism and Government
Seas of blood have been shed for the sake of patriotism. One would expect the harm and irrationality of patriotism to be self-evident to everyone. But the surprising fact is that cultured and learned people not only do not notice the harm and stupidity of patriotism, they resist every unveiling of it with the greatest obstinacy and passion (with no rational grounds), and continue to praise it as beneficent and elevating.” Leo Tolstoy
‘The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.”Denis Diderot 1713-1784
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? – Epicurus
“This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it.” – John Adams
“Lighthouses are more useful than Churches.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Chritianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Religion can never reform mankind, because Religion is slavery.” – Robert G. Ingersoll
“Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies. – Thomas Jefferson
Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthrallment to those in power.” Leo Toystoy)