My response is that when Creationists talk about God creating every individual species as a separate act, they always instance hummingbirds, or orchids, sunflowers and beautiful things. But I tend to think instead of a parasitic worm that is boring through the eye of a boy sitting on the bank of a river in West Africa, [a worm] that’s going to make him blind. And [I ask them], ‘Are you telling me that the God you believe in, who you also say is an all-merciful God, who cares for each one of us individually, are you saying that God created this worm that can live in no other way than in an innocent child’s eyeball? Because that doesn’t seem to me to coincide with a God who’s full of mercy’
– Sir David Attenborrough, agnostic broadcaster and naturalist

It is not hardness of heart or evil passions that drive certain individuals to atheism, but rather a scrupulous intellectual honesty.
– Steve Allen, 2000 Years of Disbelief

What remains then, for those who cannot pray….This alone, and this is enough: To love virtue, to love truth.
– John Burroughs, (1837 – 1921), American naturalist and essayist

But honest men do not pretend to know; they are candid and sincere; they love the truth; they admit their ignorance, and they say, “We do not know.”
– Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 – 1899), American politician and orator, “Superstition” (1898)

Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.
– Mark Twain

“It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
– Carl Sagan

“Books like the Bible and the Koran get almost every significant fact about us and our world wrong. Every scientific domain — from cosmology to psychology to economics — has superseded and surpassed the wisdom of Scripture.”
– Sam Harris, Neuroscientist

“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
– Christopher Hitchens Author, Journalist

“The time has come for people of reason to say enough is enough. Religious faith discourages independent thought, it’s divisive and it’s dangerous.  Religion is belief in something supernatural. Beliefs based on faith, revelation, tradition, scripture, or authority are not evidence.”
– Richard Dawkins, Evolutionary biologist

“Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. And in the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy.”
– Carl Sagan, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author & host of the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

“By simple common sense I don’t believe in God.”
– Charlie Chaplin

“Religious claims all seem to short-circuit the rational process of evidence-gathering and testing and the sad thing is that many people don’t see a problem with that, and even consider it a virtue. It is why I don’t just reject religion, but actively oppose it in all its forms – because it is fundamentally a poison for the mind that undermines our critical faculties.”
– P Z Myers, Biologist

“My morality is not set into stone tablets that don’t even tell you not to hurt children.”
– Shelley Segal, Singer & Songwriter

“I esteem it above all things necessary to distinguish exactly the business of civil government from that of religion and to settle the just bounds that lie between the one and the other.”
– John Locke (1632 – 1704), English physician and philosopher, A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689)

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