Saturday, March 28, 2009


...given the increasing diversity of America's population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? 

Would we go with James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount - a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? 
So before we get carried away, let's read our bibles. Folks haven't been reading their bibles,       - BARACK OBAMA

"We are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook. We may yearn for a "higher" answer - but none exists. 

"Some people think of God as an outsized, light-skinned male with a long white beard, sitting on a throne somewhere up there in the sky, busily tallying the fall of very sparrow. Others - for example, Baruch Spinoza and Albert Einstein - considered God to be essentially the sum total of the physical laws which describe the universe. I do not know of any compelling evidence for anthropomorphic patriarchs controlling human destiny from some hidden celestial vantage point, but it would be madness to deny the existence of physical laws."        - CARL SAGAN

"The continually progressive change to which the meaning of words is subject, the want of a universal language which renders translation necessary, the errors to which translations are again subject, the mistakes of copyists and printers, together with the possibility of willful alterations, are of themselves evidences that human language, whether in speech or in print, cannot be the vehicle of the Word of God." - THOMAS PAINE

In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that has happened in politics or religion. - CARL SAGAN

I get letters constantly from people saying, "Oh, God will look after it." But He never has in the past, I don't know why they think He will in the future. - BERTRAND RUSSEL

I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously. - DOUGLAS ADAMS

An atheist... is a man who destroys chimeras harmful to the human race, in order to lead men back to nature, to experience, and to reason. - BARON D' HOLBACH


Keith said...

Is it not fascinating that "atheists" as a class are forced by believers to be categorized b y their non-belief? It is ironic, as philosophers -like Bertrand Russel, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris- challenge the ridiculousness of the title. (if Bertrand Russel indeed does still have such an opinion, it would indicate he has a soul... He may have chosen to step back from his original stance. LOL)

I work in grocery. Do I walk around calling myself a non-mechanic? Or a non-politician?

Maya, I appreciate greatly your lack of reverence.

MayaFlaminda said...

thanks keith. you say it so well. it's nice to find like-minded people. ;-)

claire said...

". . it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously." - DOUGLAS ADAMS

I find this statement, not insulting, but contradictory. I used to be on your side of the coin, but after years of searching for answers, I found very different ones than I had expected. So again, after much studying, I'm "taking it seriously," although I understand why those who don't are mystified by those who do. For one thing, why we as creatures are so complicated. Our intelligence cannot be explained by chance or mere evolution. Intelligence is borne of intelligence.

I respect you for what you believe (or don't believe) in. Di lang gyud makatiis ba. Had to give my two cents. Love you, May! :D