Incompatible religious doctrines have balkanized our world into separate moral communities, and these divisions have become a continuous source of bloodshed.
I don’t have attention deficit disorder. The world has a deficiency of things worth paying attention to.
The Amazing Atheist (TJ)
Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and - since there is no other metaphor - also the soul.
Christopher Hitchens, god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
When the earthquake hits, or the tsunami inundates, or the twin towers ignite, you can see and hear the secret satisfaction of the faithful. ‘You see, this is what happens when you don’t listen to us!’ With an unctuous smile they offer a redemption that is not theirs to bestow and, when questioned, put on a menacing scowl that says, ‘Oh, so you reject our offer of paradise? Well, in that case we have quite another fate in store for you.’ Such love! Such care!