Courtesy of Digg, here’s an interesting list of the Top 50 Atheism Quotes. All of these are from people who are generally well-respected intellectuals. A classic (and of my favorites) is the first one by George Carlin:
Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.
What I have always found very interesting about religion is who people come to trust. Rather than trust educated people who have contributed greatly to humankind, people tend to turn to tele-evangelists for their religious information. The vast majority of these people are worth many millions of dollars and have committed numerous crimes. Their formal education (if any) is limited, and the routinely speak about things they barely understand (for example, the science behind evolution).
Furthermore, children are often told by their parents (at an early and impressionable age) that it is good to be faithful. They are told that God is good and that believing in God is the right thing to do. It is only in this one case that faith – the belief in something without reason – is considered a good thing. The same logic used in any other area of life would be considered insanity.
Why should we use a different set of standards for testing religion? And why do the masses ignore people that we would trust with other important decisions in the area of religion? We should be listening to Richard Dawkins and others that base their beliefs of logic, reason, and evidence.