Black Atheists

We are a minority within a minority.

The face-palm I would like to commit would be coma-inducing.

Atheism is a necessary condition for emancipation of the mind, but it’s not a sufficient one. You can free yourself from superstition and still end up a nihilist or a hedonist or a Stalinist. What’s innate in our species isn’t the fault of religion. But the bad things that are innate in our species are strengthened by religion and sanctified by it.

The fact is, we are a mammalian species one half-chromosome away from chimpanzees, and it shows. Curing ourselves of religion is only a small step along the road. Fortunately, our brains seem to be evolving.

— 出典:Christopher Hitchens
For years mankind has been told what to think and what to believe by shamans, priests and ideologues. There’s an alternative: free thought, trusting our ability to find out, investigate, question, and test according to repeatable, reliable evidence.
— 出典:Stephen Fry
People who want to share their religious views with you, they never want you to share yours with them.
— 出典:Unknown
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
— 出典:Ralph Waldo Emerson
Climate change has taken on political dimensions. That’s odd because I don’t see people choosing sides over E=MC² or other fundamental facts of science.
— 出典:Neil deGrasse Tyson
Having invented god, we immediately became his slaves.
— 出典:Jose Saramago
A central lesson of science is that to understand complex issues - or even simple ones - we must try to free our minds of dogma and to guarantee the freedom to publish, to contradict, and to experiment. Arguments from authority are unacceptable.
— 出典:Carl Sagan
If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.
— 出典:Christopher Hitchens

Dear Oprah,

You say that atheists cannot experience the awe and wonder of the natural world, but I say, if you need to supersize reality, load it with artificial additives and superimpose superstition onto nature, then it is you and those like you, my dear Oprah, who are incapable of experiencing the awe and wonder of the world.

— 出典:Michael Sherlock (Author)
Young earth creationism is essentially the position that all of modern science, 90% of living scientists and 98% of living biologists, all major university biology departments, every major science journal, the American Academy of Sciences, and every major science organization in the world are all wrong regarding the origins and development of life, but one particular tribe of uneducated, bronze-aged goat herders got it exactly right.
— 出典:Chuck Easttom
The bible was written, and then rewritten, and then edited, and then re-edited, and then translated from dead languages, the re-re-translated, then re-edited, then re-re-re-edited, and then re-translated, then given to kings for them to take their favorite parts out then re-edited, then given to the pope for him to approve, then re-re-translated, then re-re-written, re-edited, re-translated, re-edited again. All based on stories that were told orally thirty to ninety years after they happened to people who didn’t know how to write. So I guess what I’m saying is the bible is literally the world’s oldest game of telephone.
— 出典:David Cross

Is it good for the world to appeal to our credulity and not our skepticism? Is it good for the world to worship a deity that takes sides in wars and human affairs? To appeal to our fear and our guilt, is it good for the world? To our terror, or terror of death, is it good to appeal? To preach guilt and shame about the sexual act and the sexual relationship, is this good for the world?

Ask yourself of the while, if these are really religious responsibilities as I maintain they are. To terrify children with the image of hell at eternal punishment, not just of themselves but of their parents and those they love.

Perhaps worse of all to consider woman an inferior creation, is that good for the world? And can you name me a religion that has not done that? To insist that we are created and not evolved in the face of all the evidence, to say that certain books of legend and myth, man-made and primitive are revealed not man-made code.

— 出典:Christopher Hitchens