25 Blasphemous Quotations

Published by Atheist Ireland on 1 January 2010

1. Jesus Christ, when asked if he was the son of God, in Matthew 26:64: “Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” According to the Christian Bible, the Jewish chief priests and elders and council deemed this statement by Jesus to be blasphemous, and they sentenced Jesus to death for saying it.

2. Jesus Christ, talking to Jews about their God, in John 8:44: “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.” This is one of several chapters in the Christian Bible that can give a scriptural foundation to Christian anti-Semitism. The first part of John 8, the story of “whoever is without sin cast the first stone”, was not in the original version, but was added centuries later. The original John 8 is a debate between Jesus and some Jews. In brief, Jesus calls the Jews who disbelieve him sons of the Devil, the Jews try to stone him, and Jesus runs away and hides.

3. Muhammad, quoted in Hadith of Bukhari, Vol 1 Book 8 Hadith 427: “May Allah curse the Jews and Christians for they built the places of worship at the graves of their prophets.” This quote is attributed to Muhammad on his death-bed as a warning to Muslims not to copy this practice of the Jews and Christians. It is one of several passages in the Koran and in Hadith that can give a scriptural foundation to Islamic anti-Semitism, including the assertion in Sura 5:60 that Allah cursed Jews and turned some of them into apes and swine.

4. Mark Twain, describing the Christian Bible in Letters from the Earth, 1909: “Also it has another name – The Word of God. For the Christian thinks every word of it was dictated by God. It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies… But you notice that when the Lord God of Heaven and Earth, adored Father of Man, goes to war, there is no limit. He is totally without mercy — he, who is called the Fountain of Mercy. He slays, slays, slays! All the men, all the beasts, all the boys, all the babies; also all the women and all the girls, except those that have not been deflowered. He makes no distinction between innocent and guilty… What the insane Father required was blood and misery; he was indifferent as to who furnished it.” Twain’s book was published posthumously in 1939. His daughter, Clara Clemens, at first objected to it being published, but later changed her mind in 1960 when she believed that public opinion had grown more tolerant of the expression of such ideas. That was half a century before Fianna Fail and the Green Party imposed a new blasphemy law on the people of Ireland.

5. Tom Lehrer, The Vatican Rag, 1963: “Get in line in that processional, step into that small confessional. There, the guy who’s got religion’ll tell you if your sin’s original. If it is, try playing it safer, drink the wine and chew the wafer. Two, four, six, eight, time to transubstantiate!”

6. Randy Newman, God’s Song, 1972: “And the Lord said: I burn down your cities – how blind you must be. I take from you your children, and you say how blessed are we. You all must be crazy to put your faith in me. That’s why I love mankind.”

7. James Kirkup, The Love That Dares to Speak its Name, 1976: “While they prepared the tomb I kept guard over him. His mother and the Magdalen had gone to fetch clean linen to shroud his nakedness. I was alone with him… I laid my lips around the tip of that great cock, the instrument of our salvation, our eternal joy. The shaft, still throbbed, anointed with death’s final ejaculation.” This extract is from a poem that led to the last successful blasphemy prosecution in Britain, when Denis Lemon was given a suspended prison sentence after he published it in the now-defunct magazine Gay News. In 2002, a public reading of the poem, on the steps of St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, failed to lead to any prosecution. In 2008, the British Parliament abolished the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel.

8. Matthias, son of Deuteronomy of Gath, in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1979: “Look, I had a lovely supper, and all I said to my wife was that piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah.”

9. Rev Ian Paisley MEP to the Pope in the European Parliament, 1988: “I denounce you as the Antichrist.” Paisley’s website describes the Antichrist as being “a liar, the true son of the father of lies, the original liar from the beginning… he will imitate Christ, a diabolical imitation, Satan transformed into an angel of light, which will deceive the world.”

10. Conor Cruise O’Brien, 1989: “In the last century the Arab thinker Jamal al-Afghani wrote: ‘Every Muslim is sick and his only remedy is in the Koran.’ Unfortunately the sickness gets worse the more the remedy is taken.”

11. Frank Zappa, 1989: “If you want to get together in any exclusive situation and have people love you, fine – but to hang all this desperate sociology on the idea of The Cloud-Guy who has The Big Book, who knows if you’ve been bad or good – and cares about any of it – to hang it all on that, folks, is the chimpanzee part of the brain working.”

12. Salman Rushdie, 1990: “The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas – uncertainty, progress, change – into crimes.” In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie because of blasphemous passages in Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses.

13. Bjork, 1995: “I do not believe in religion, but if I had to choose one it would be Buddhism. It seems more livable, closer to men… I’ve been reading about reincarnation, and the Buddhists say we come back as animals and they refer to them as lesser beings. Well, animals aren’t lesser beings, they’re just like us. So I say fuck the Buddhists.”

14. Amanda Donohoe on her role in the Ken Russell movie Lair of the White Worm, 1995: “Spitting on Christ was a great deal of fun. I can’t embrace a male god who has persecuted female sexuality throughout the ages, and that persecution still goes on today all over the world.”

15. George Carlin, 1999: “Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!”

16. Paul Woodfull as Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly, The Ballad of Jaysus Christ, 2000: “He said me ma’s a virgin and sure no one disagreed, Cause they knew a lad who walks on water’s handy with his feet… Jaysus oh Jaysus, as cool as bleedin’ ice, With all the scrubbers in Israel he could not be enticed, Jaysus oh Jaysus, it’s funny you never rode, Cause it’s you I do be shoutin’ for each time I shoot me load.”

17. Jesus Christ, in Jerry Springer The Opera, 2003: “Actually, I’m a bit gay.” In 2005, the Christian Institute tried to bring a prosecution against the BBC for screening Jerry Springer the Opera, but the UK courts refused to issue a summons.

18. Tim Minchin, Ten-foot Cock and a Few Hundred Virgins, 2005: “So you’re gonna live in paradise, With a ten-foot cock and a few hundred virgins, So you’re gonna sacrifice your life, For a shot at the greener grass, And when the Lord comes down with his shiny rod of judgment, He’s gonna kick my heathen ass.”

19. Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion, 2006: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” In 2007 Turkish publisher Erol Karaaslan was charged with the crime of insulting believers for publishing a Turkish translation of The God Delusion. He was acquitted in 2008, but another charge was brought in 2009. Karaaslan told the court that “it is a right to criticise religions and beliefs as part of the freedom of thought and expression.”

20. Pope Benedict XVI quoting a 14th century Byzantine emperor, 2006: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” This statement has already led to both outrage and condemnation of the outrage. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the world’s largest Muslim body, said it was a “character assassination of the prophet Muhammad”. The Malaysian Prime Minister said that “the Pope must not take lightly the spread of outrage that has been created.” Pakistan’s foreign Ministry spokesperson said that “anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence”. The European Commission said that “reactions which are disproportionate and which are tantamount to rejecting freedom of speech are unacceptable.”

21. Christopher Hitchens in God is not Great, 2007: “There is some question as to whether Islam is a separate religion at all… Islam when examined is not much more than a rather obvious and ill-arranged set of plagiarisms, helping itself from earlier books and traditions as occasion appeared to require… It makes immense claims for itself, invokes prostrate submission or ‘surrender’ as a maxim to its adherents, and demands deference and respect from nonbelievers into the bargain. There is nothing—absolutely nothing—in its teachings that can even begin to justify such arrogance and presumption.”

22. PZ Myers, on his desecration of a Roman Catholic communion host, 2008: “You would not believe how many people are writing to me, insisting that these horrible little crackers (they look like flattened bits of styrofoam) are literally pieces of their god, and that this omnipotent being who created the universe can actually be seriously harmed by some third-rate liberal intellectual at a third-rate university… However, inspired by an old woodcut of Jews stabbing the host, I thought of a simple, quick thing to do: I pierced it with a rusty nail (I hope Jesus’s tetanus shots are up to date). And then I simply threw it in the trash, followed by the classic, decorative items of trash cans everywhere, old coffeegrounds and a banana peel.”

23. Ian O’Doherty, 2009: “(If defamation of religion was illegal) it would be a crime for me to say that the notion of transubstantiation is so ridiculous that even a small child should be able to see the insanity and utter physical impossibility of a piece of bread and some wine somehow taking on corporeal form. It would be a crime for me to say that Islam is a backward desert superstition that has no place in modern, enlightened Europe and it would be a crime to point out that Jewish settlers in Israel who believe they have a God given right to take the land are, frankly, mad. All the above assertions will, no doubt, offend someone or other.”

24. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, 2009: “Whether a person is atheist or any other, there is in fact in my view something not totally human if they leave out the transcendent… we call it God… I think that if you leave that out you are not fully human.” Because atheism is not a religion, the Irish blasphemy law does not protect atheists from abusive and insulting statements about their fundamental beliefs. While atheists are not seeking such protection, we include the statement here to point out that it is discriminatory that this law does not hold all citizens equal.

25. Dermot Ahern, Irish Minister for Justice, introducing his blasphemy law at an Oireachtas Justice Committee meeting, 2009, and referring to comments made about him personally: “They are blasphemous.” Deputy Pat Rabbitte replied: “Given the Minister’s self-image, it could very well be that we are blaspheming,” and Minister Ahern replied: “Deputy Rabbitte says that I am close to the baby Jesus, I am so pure.” So here we have an Irish Justice Minister joking about himself being blasphemed, at a parliamentary Justice Committee discussing his own blasphemy law, that could make his own jokes illegal.

Finally, as a bonus, Micheal Martin, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, opposing attempts by Islamic States to make defamation of religion a crime at UN level, 2009: “We believe that the concept of defamation of religion is not consistent with the promotion and protection of human rights. It can be used to justify arbitrary limitations on, or the denial of, freedom of expression. Indeed, Ireland considers that freedom of expression is a key and inherent element in the manifestation of freedom of thought and conscience and as such is complementary to freedom of religion or belief.” Just months after Minister Martin made this comment, his colleague Dermot Ahern introduced Ireland’s new blasphemy law.

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    Trappey January 07, 2010

    Keep up the good work! Sad to see your government fall like this. The Norwegian government tried something similar last year – but the opposition was so strong they had to think again.

    Greetings from Norway

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    Moskus January 07, 2010

    Great stuff! Here in Norway, the government tried sneaking the blasphemy-law in the back door last year, by trying to incorporate it into the laws against racist hate-speech, and they did so to try to appease the moslems (after the cartoon-trouble). Thank god (lol) they didn`t succeed. The last time I checked, religion had no colour. I am colourblind, but not stupid-blind, and I shall reserve the right to bash any ridicolous superstition I see fit. Amen. Keep up the good work!

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    Davy January 11, 2010

    I am very disappointed with this attempt to provoke a response / prosecution. A few of the quotes started to hit the sensitivities of religious extremists, but never followed through – quotes are too short antway. The fact that were all written prior to 2010 negates their value anyway. There is just no way that the 25 quotation will ever provoke the desired response.

    What is needed is robust tirade against the daftness of religion, written and published in 2010. Personally (and for obvious reasons) I would confine my tirade to christianity and judeanism. Most of the tirade would have to be justifiable by the use of logic and some choice scriptural quotations.

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    Linda McManus January 11, 2010

    Thank you!

    An atheist in California.

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    al brownlee January 11, 2010

    Keep up the good work, guys. Props and best wishes from an English godless heathen.

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    Benny Thomsen January 12, 2010

    keep up the “god” works, greetings from Denmark

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    van Steike January 12, 2010

    I think
    therefore I am
    an atheist

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    Fria Tankar January 15, 2010

    Keep ut the good work. The whole idea to label you as a criminal if you criticize a certain part, a interpretation or a whole religion as such is ridiculous. This is a form of self-censorship leading to that extreme religious views and traditions have attained legitimacy and a free pass into Ireland and possibly later to the whole secularized western world. You should always be allowed to criticize and satirize all forms of establishments, especially those associated with power, and thus religion as well. Let’s all criticize the law against criticism. The threats of violence (and economical consequences) from certain religious groups should not scare us into silence and obedience, we are are still thinking humans – let us remain that way.

    Greetings from Sweden!

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    Anthony January 16, 2010

    Freedom of speech is more sacred than the right to not being ridiculed for believing in Santa Claus. Keep the good work and fight for reclaiming the democracy in Ireland.

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    Frank January 17, 2010

    Nice list! Keep up the fight!

    Filipino Freethinker

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    Angel February 03, 2010

    LOL @ Björk

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    J. Mahmutovic February 12, 2010

    I am by no means a devout follower of religion, though I strongly believe there to be some truth to it. I will, however, not discuss in detail how Romans were killing off Christians, of which many in their arenas for their own twisted pleasure and to appease their polytheistic pantheon, for quite some time before deciding that they needed to stop… nor will go in depth ob how that same Roman elite founded the Vatican to keep themselves in power, even if Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, hath never set foot in Rome. Ofcourse this was just a plot to keep the power focused on Rome. Reality is not without a sense of irony, because those who refused to let the old ways go were now in power and are responsible for much of the apathy which the Vatican has earned over the centuries. I would like to propose a similar scenario to all the Abrahamic religions. Have you ever heard of the Lucis Trust? Used to be known as the Lucifer trust, no less, and is one of those official partners of the United Nations. Hey! Perhaps they’re just atheists or something, don’t look at me, look it up Well now, I for one fear that this anti-blasphemy law is going to be used falsely in a time when the Muslims are targetted a lot for this other upcoming event. Yes, this Lucifer Trust thing, you must check it out, because soon a new age of spirituality is upon us which will unite all the religions. If you’ve seen Lord of the Rings then the phrase “one ring to rule them all” hits the spot. The sun is coming back. Yes the sun. Surely you educated people hae heard of him. Why he is also on the American dollar bill.. his eye radiates oh so sinistrally from above that pyramid, which could (more like SHOULD) make you wonder what a pyramid is doing on an American bill. Well, that would be the “All-Seeing Eye” or “the Eye of Horus”. Should you not yet know: Horus is a “deity” in the Egyptian pantheon, he is associated with the sun and has but one eye. Odin, all-father of the Norse pantheon, is strangely depicted as having one-eye also. Ah yes, polytheism again… where have we heard that before? Indeed, the Romans. Yes, those good old Romans who kept their power centralized in Rome. They never really became Gods chosen, wouldn’t you say? I mean all those other Christian religions were more or less the result of Roman dictatorship. Mannnn.. Nero Caesar sure tried hard to slaughter all those misguided monotheists. Oh yeah, the white House is kind of like a Roman structure. They could have just as well built a pyramid instead, well apart from that eye ofcourse, we’re waiting for the eye. And why do the royal European families (along with the extremely rich families of ourd world) enbalm themselves like the the pharaohs of old when they claim to be Christians? Wasn’t there a mention of an one-eyed entity in monotheistic religions somewhere? What could it all mean? Surely there is a rational explanation for all this and who better than you people to give it to me. For what it’s worth, I understand that your action is a good way to bring attention to your cause, but why not put a little explanation to ratify the quotations even if it’s for the sake of being, well I don’t know.. you people fancy yourselves civilized, right? Perhaps even more so than the next non-Atheist? In any case, I do want to wish you luck, not for the sake of being able to insult others who you perhaps deem lower, but more so whom you look upon superiorly, basking in your, what should I call it? Emancipation? haha :) Yea, but from what I’ve just tried to epxlain briefly. Should all this not make sense to you then it is even more suggested that you start studying the world. A good place to start would be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZk8ronces I mean, if he is not a humanist then I don’t know who is.

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    Mark February 16, 2010

    I am not an athiest but I believe 100% that everyone must be allowed to criticize about anything and that is the Freedom of Expression. The reason that I am not in control of my own breath which gives me life is the reason why I am not an athiest.

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    Andrew February 16, 2010

    Guys, folks, humanity, we are all trapped in this little oasis and we have nowhere to run, to nowhere to turn. we are actually descendants of pigs and snakes. We behave like so so intolerant. Regardless of our religiosity, so arrogant and hateful. We have ruined our neighbourhood with violence and greed. Hey, you atheists being so smart and intelligent, why can’t you invent a cure, an inoculation, a jab to cure stupidity, greed. Or why don’t you invent another planet? Whether you believe in God or not we are trapped in this planet and we have to live with intolerant greedy corrupt silly neighbours. There is no way out by ourselves. Looking at the cosmos we are at the mercy of immense forces which we can only but dimly understand. we are a sorry race!

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    bobby March 09, 2010

    Does everyone feel better now that all the venting is finished? What is the verdict? And absolutely no way for anyone to answer an argument…how convenient.

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    df March 16, 2010

    As I understand the issues, I support repeal of the blasphemy law. And I say that as a devout Roman Catholic (and fan of Monty Python’s Life of Brian) because I consider free speech so important (I came to this site via a link from http://www.volokh.com ).

    I may find the manner in which certain people refer to my or another religion objectionable, but my objections should not have the force of law (except for prohibitions on e.g. “kill all the [whatever]” incitements to riot or other violence).

    While supporting in principle, I do have to agree with some other posters, some of the “blasphemous” quotations above don’t seem all that blasphemous, more a matter of disagreement.

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    Loose-Id March 18, 2010

    I am a yank atheist of Irish descent. While my government is supposed to be secular and separation of church and state articulated as an absolute by USA forefathers you’d have to be living in a cave not to be aware of the amount of political power American xtians have and their use of that power in an effort to force their mythical, superstitious beliefs and dogma upon all citizens under the credo of “America-A Christian Nation”. I often believe we are only days away from said religious idiots legislating similar blasphemy laws here in the USA. I make an effort to blaspheme daily; denying the holy spirit is something I articulate at every opportunity. To my fellow atheists in Ireland I offer my support and hope that this ridiculous legislation be repealled. Resist and blaspheme!! They don’t call us the fighting Irish for nothing!!!

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    Donald O'Treply April 28, 2010

    I guess that the original quotes were chosen because they were exactly the sort of thing this law was targeting. That they do not appear so terribly blasphemous is yet another point which is worth making. Just what are we allowed to say?

    But you know what they say about a bad law – the only way to get it changed is to break it.

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    Matt November 17, 2010

    Keep the faith! Preach it! You are just as religious as anyone else. Your own little brand of certainty in a mysterious universe. Who’s deluded?

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    nozzferrahhtoo November 18, 2010

    So a political opinion on a bad law is religious now is it? By that definition very little things are not religion I guess. Thankfully no one uses your definition.

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    Peter Mc Kenna December 23, 2010

    So barmy Berty has pushed this egregious piece of free speech strangling through the legislature.
    Is this the last squeak from that atrophied institution of ignorance the catholic church?
    Does that mean if I refer to Islam as a death cult invented by an illiterate murdering desert
    barbarian;I’m guilty of a criminal act?
    The evidence for that last statement is overwhelming(ie demonstrable fact)
    This is Orwellian fascism pure and simple.
    It would indicate that bouncing Bertie was too mentally unstable to carry out his Taisoch duties.

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    RGBS February 03, 2011

    That’s Great; Muhammad, Benedict, and a Cardinal all had blasphemous statements to share. That is awesome. My favorite, though, and there’s even a YouTube video on my “favorites” list, is the George Carlin one. That one is the best of these, in my opinion. I hope that law gets removed. As a mostly-Irish Nontheist Libertarian who lives in America, I wish you all good luck.

    PS, 25000 euros is equal to 33000 dollars. That is still too much money for merely speaking one’s mind. I looked on an Irish blog and apparently the Party Fine Gael is the Irish equivalent to America’s Libertarian Party.

    ~KP~

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    Eric September 26, 2011

    What a better life it would be if we put just a little more attention and focus into THIS world!

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    Aidan pidgeon January 04, 2012

    I pray for all in this work,atheists and many more who don’t, as for your ideas that God does not excist I feel sooty for but there are many more out there with this sad idea.
    We have 250 incorrupt people of God, miracles of the Eucharist, we have Our Lady appearing to so many, saints and even in Medjugorje, incorrupibilty is one of these miracles, so many saints, servant of God and Blessed people their bodies never decayed saint paula Frassinetti is a great example died 1882 exhumed 1906 and is still incorrupt the truth is there to seen and can be found, you say alot bout the Virgin Mary especially about the part of her virginity and how she concived Jesus Christ, with the holy Spirit and God anything is possible and thus is prove, we as I say have prove and it’s out there the unbelievers need to see it, if you don’t want too believe I feel sad and sorry, life with God and Our Lady is nothing, I can go on and will, life after death will happen and when it does you will be sorry you never gave God and Our Lady a chance, God love you and may God Bless you for why and what you feel is right truth is that it’s not right.

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    Frank L. Ludwig February 12, 2012

    I find Frank Zappa’s chimpanzee quote particularly offensive because he claims religion is the chimpanzee part of our brain working. I have never seen a chimpanzee who believes in any gods – they’re just too smart!

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    Billy Patterson March 20, 2012

    THE ATHEIST

    “You don’t believe in God” ! he said and sadly gripped my hand
    But don’t you know that if you don’t your soul’s forever damned.
    You’ll burn in Hell when your time comes, your screams will rend the air
    You’ll join the ranks of heretics who live forever there.

    You believe in things that are, the sea, the air, the sky
    You say that’s all there is to life, and in the end we die.
    You don’t believe in miracles and chariots of fire
    In angels and in demons or retribution dire.

    How can you not believe in Saints who answer to our prayer
    While God with Holy Mary and the angels really care
    It’s only non-believers who suffer at God’s hands
    And blasphemous religions that thrive in foreign lands.

    They worship idols, totem poles and gods they make by hand
    Poor misguided people, but we travel to their land to make them see
    That we are right and they are wrong, we preach in sun and showers
    We teach them hymns and let them know there is but one God – ours.”

    Breathe on me breath of God, but why does divine breath
    Bring wars and famine, plagues, eruptions, tidal waves and death
    I have to believe and we’re told of course that we are sinful man
    And all of this destruction is a part of God’s great plan.

    A plan for what I ask myself, to benefit us all?
    A plan to make us suffer, a plan to make us crawl?
    If you believe you’ll go to heaven and have your cheek there kiss’d
    Then carry on, but I prefer to be an atheist.

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    wlb October 09, 2012

    So you hide behind others quotating what _they_ said?
    Never in history of mankind so many people had so unobstructed access to so much knowledge and have had so much freedom granted. Refering to a god’s laws instead of having the guts to stand for your decissions by yourself is right away a shame.
    There is hardly any piece of knowledge that has not been persecuted at it’s time as “blasphemy”, be it medicine, astrology, even common human rights.
    Every man, every woman in modern Europe is granted the right to vote and with that influence the lives of others.
    Those who can not say “I may be wrong, but this is my judgement – and if I am wrong it will be my responsability” but hide behind a “god’s will and law” have no room in modern democratic society of Europe. And as long as this law is not abolished there is no place for Ireland in Europe!
    Shame!