American Atheists - Excerpts from their website

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Below are direct quotes cited and taken from the American Atheists website:

  • “One might naturally suppose that low intelligence is the main cause of religiosity. After all, thinking is so much harder than believing - hence the great preponderance of believers over thinkers in all ages and cultures. But what can one say when members of that small coterie we identify as thinkers are also believers? Low intelligence is not necessarily the problem.”[1]
  • “The moment of silence idea is a method to inject forced prayer into the classroom.”[2]
  • “It’s not the Christmas season, it’s the solstice season. And that’s why it’s not a war on Christmas. It’s a war on the solstice, and the Christians started it.”[3] Note, this is not not a quote from the website, it is a direct quote by David Silverman, President of American Atheists.
  • "...The rebellious churches don't want to hand over their share of the taxes. They just want to intrude even further into our political process."[4] From an opinion article on the "politics in the pulpit" issue.
  • "If President Bush puts even two new justices on the Supreme Court, let alone more, the current blanket protections under the First Amendment, ensuring equal rights before the law for nonbelievers, could very well be nullified."[5]
  • "People have worried whether the pope would still be infallible if he had a brain tumor or if someone slipped LSD into his communion wine."[6]
  • There is an article on a proposed 'Creator Bill' which would begin the public school day with the recitation of the following excerpt of the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." The article opines:
"The Proposed phrase offends: Women ("all MEN are created equal"), Pro-choice people ("among these are life..."), or African-Americans (it is well-known that the founding fathers did not include black people as "men").[7]
  • "We're respectful of the American People's individual rights to practice as they see fit (equal to our rights to do the same), but this does not mean we have to respect the decision. If you choose to ignore logic and knowledge in order to believe in an invisible magic man in the sky, or Santa Claus for that matter, you've made a ridiculous decision and we're not going to pretend it's "just another way of looking at things" (original emphasis).[8]

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