Some of my favorite quotes
"The essence of the scientific method is the willingness to admit you’re wrong, the willingness to abandon ideas that don’t work. And, the essence of religion is not to change anything. Supposed truths are handed down by some revered figure and then no one is supposed to make any progress beyond that, because all the truth is thought to be in hand."
— Carl Sagan on the UK television program “God, the Universe, and Everything Else” (1988).
"Wait a minute—where are you getting this information? The point of religion is to hate people with different religions. I mean, if you’ve read the Koran or the Bible or the Torrah, they all say that those who do not accept the real God are heathens and infidels and should be at least banished, if not punished. There’s no idea behind religion of acceptance—if anything, the idea of acceptance is an American Secular idea."
— Penn Jillette, Penn Radio Podcast of March 23, 2006 at 35:23
"Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage."
— Winston Churchill
"Is god willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him god?"
— Epicurus, 341-270 B.C.E.
"Say it with me: evolution is not a belief system! You cannot believe in it or not. It is a matter of scientific fact. It exists, it is real, whether you stick your fingers in your ears and sing la-la-la or not."
— Phil Plait, “6000 years of Republican debates”, Bad Astronomy Blog, May 4, 2007
"It’s amazing how few people understand that the Constitution is there to protect us from democracy—you don’t want the majority to rule. If the majority rules then it’s illegal to be [in any way different]… What you want is a democracy that has safety measures for nuts—that’s all they were doing. The Constitution is essentially saying “we’re going to let the mob rule, but we’re going to protect these particular whack-jobs”. And that’s why your whack-jobs always love the Constitution and your mob always loves democracy."
— Penn Jillette, Penn Radio Podcast of November 6, 2006