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Atheism Quotes

I've been collecting Atheism-related quotes for awhile now, and figured I would share with everyone. Feel free to comment with any I've missed or saying which is your favorite. Also, feel free to use these quotes anytime some chritian claims that our founding fathers were all christians, all Atheists are fools, or some other BS. I've tried to list that dates for each person and the source of each quote, but there are still a lot of holes that could be patched up if anyone knows that off hand or wants to help with some web searching.

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I'm going to leave this post public for a little while to let a few people snatch from quotes, but will make it F-locked within a few days if you want to comment, but don't want it public.
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The Essential Atheist Library

Here's a list of books, movies, etc. about atheism (or just discussing religion skeptically) that I've compiled. If anyone has any items to add, please do. I've included the Amazon (or other) link where available in case anyone wants to buy them.

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If anyone has read/watched any of these, feel free to leave a review (either here or on Amazon). I'll edit this with any ratings (0=horrible, 5=excellent) people want to give on any of these.
science, religion

The Eye Argument

Ever had a christian use the old "a god must exist because we have complex organs like the eye that could not have just evolved by itself"...? Well, just about any advanced biology/zoology student would laugh at that argument, but not all atheists have that training. So, next time they use that argument, show them this video. It's missing some details and would be better if it showed examples (nematodes with eye spots, protofish simple eyes, etc.), but this is the best straight-forward explanation I have found. It also features Gould (a superstar in the world of evolutionary biology) and Liam Neeson's voice (Qui-Gon Jinn from Star Wars Ep. 1).


If there are any other common christian arguments that you'd like ammo to counter, just let me know and I'll do my best.

Other atheist multimedia:
http://www.youtube.com/v/fdVucvo-kDU&search=atheist (Atheist video)
http://thegodmovie.com/cd.php (soundtrack downloads from the movie "The God That Wasn't There")

If you haven't seen "The God That Wasn't There", it is excellent and a must for all atheists (especially those who were raised christians).
science, religion

Pope's remarks piss off Muslims, Pope upset that Muslims are upset...Why isn't this all surprising?

Last Tuesday (Sept. 12th), Pope Benedict spoke at the University of Regensburg in Munich, Germany (where he used to teach). In his lecture, he brought up the topic of Islam (mainly holy wars & jihads). He quoted the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus (14th century), "He said, and I quote, 'Show me just what Mohammed 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.'" [translation from German]

The reaction from Muslims has been strong to say the least. There are outcries in Cairo for an apology, official condemnation from Pakistan's parliament, and a comparison to Hilter by an official in Turkey. Because of this reaction, the Pope may be forced to cancel a trip to Turkey scheduled for November and the Vatican has released a statement that the Pope did not mean to offend Islam with this "academic" quote, but an official apology has not been made.

Exerpt from the second NPR article linked below:

Khaled Fuad Allam, a Muslim professor of sociology at Trieste University, acknowledged that Benedict had touched the delicate issue of the two faces of Islam: peaceful and violent.

"The problem is not what he said, but how he said it," Allam said in remarks translated from Italian. "Too often, Westerners stress only the issue of fundamentalism in Islam. The result is that they lump all Muslims into the cage of violence."



NPR articles/newscasts to get the full story:
Sept. 13th
Sept. 15th
Sept. 16th
science, religion

The State of Atheists on the Anniversary of 9-11

A News Week article to be published in this week's issue (the September 11th issue). It discusses the rise in religin after 9-11 and how various famous atheists have reacted to it. The author seems to be a bit of an arse when talking about Dawkin and misses a lot of the points Dawkins makes. It seems to start out well, but be warned that it ends fairly anti-atheist.

I'm curious what others think about this article. Does it seem to anyone else that the first and last pages were written by different authors? Does the end of the article seem to be proof of how people discriminate atheists? What do you think about the timing of the article?