We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees.

Supreme Court Justice"For the genius of the Constitution rests not in any static meaning it might have had in a world that is dead and gone, but in the adaptibility of its great principles to cope with current problems and current needs.

However, I think I can have it both ways.

Every child shall be registeredimmediately after birth and shall have a name.

Someone should have noticed."— Dan Barker, ibid.

In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds.

Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him?

This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes."
— Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Alexander Humboldt, 1813"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.

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BBC - Religions - Christianity: Abortion

Spitz (1916-1975)"If we are honest — and scientists have to be — we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality.

The Kant-Friesian Theory of Religion, Rudolf Otto

It seems to me that theists of all kinds have very largely failed to make their concept of a deity intelligible; and to the extent that they have made it intelligible, they have given us no reason to think that anything answers to it."
— A.J.

We must have a Christian nation built on God's law, on the ten Commandments.

to be consequentially distinct from more ordinary experience" 2

This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless."
— Leo Tolstoy"Autocracy cannot do without its twin agents: a hangman and a priest, the first to suppress popular resistance by force, the second to sweeten and embellish the lot of the oppressed with empty promises of a heavenly kingdom."
— Vladimir Lenin"If there is no higher reason — and there is none — then my own reason must be the supreme judge of my life."
— Leo Tolstoy, (banned by the Orthodox Church of Russia)"A lie told often enough becomes truth."
— Vladimir Lenin"The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart."
— Walter Lippman"What I conclude is that religion has nothing to do with experience or reason but with deep and irrational needs."
— Richard Taylor, "Will Secularism Survive?" in "Free Inquiry""He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not, is a slave."
— William Drummond"This hideous doctrine of eternal torment after death has probably caused more terror and misery, more cruelty and more violation of natural human sympathy, than any belief in the history of mankind.

Psychology of religion - Wikipedia

Every sensible man, every honourable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror..."
— Voltaire"Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool."
— Voltaire"You will notice that in all disputes between Christians since the birth of the Church, Rome has always favored the doctrine which most completely subjugated the human mind and annihilated reason."
— Voltaire"He who is involved in ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for reality, and his own imagination for prophesy, is a fanatical novice of great hope and promise, and will soon advance to the higher stage and kill men for the love of God."
— Voltaire"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reasoning."
— Voltaire"The Bible.

Freedom of religion - Wikipedia

Eleven millions of men, women, and children have been killed in battle, butchered in their sleep, burned to death at public festivals of sacrifice, poisoned, tortured, assassinated, and pillaged in the spirit of the Religion of Peace, and for the glory of the most merciful God."
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, ibid."If ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, knowledge of nature is made for their destruction."
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, , 1811"Religion!