Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Religion is the opium of the masses.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.
I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world and do not find in our particular superstition [Christianity] one redeeming feature.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
The God of the Old testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.
Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business.
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
Question with boldness even the existence of a god.
A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later such a religion will emerge.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
A cult is a religion with no political power.
Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.