Faith, Critical Thinking & Free Thinkers

Don't make religions and other such institutions the sort of intellectual comfort zone that prevents you
 from entertaining ideas that aren't to be found there.
-Henry David Thoreau

The Faith and Freedom Coalition Exposed
God In America - On PBS
Growing Up In The Universe
Differences Between Faith and Critical Thinking
by R.L.L.
Militant Taliban Shoots School Girl in the Head and Neck
by R.L.L
U.S. Presidents Statements About Religion
President Thomas Jefferson
President James Madison
President Abraham Lincoln
President William Howard Taft
Free Thinkers About Religion
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Thomas Paine Francois Arouet
Napoleon Bonaparte Denis Diderot Susan B. Anthony
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Friedrich Nietzsche Sigmund Freud
Henry L. Mencken Mark Twain Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein Charlie Chapman Kurt Vonnegut
Arthur C. Clarke Christopher Hitchens Gene Roddenberry
Dr. Richard Dawkins

Aug 31, 2012
The Faith and Freedom Coalition
Started by Ralph Reed Exposed!

The Resurrection of Ralph Reed
The Rsurrection of Ralph Reed

Ralph Reed is the bottom feeder, who was the former head of the Christian Coalition until it was discovered that he had raked in millions of dollars from the super lobbyist, and convicted felon, Jack Abramoff. 

Ralph Reed has returned as the head of his new group name, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and he wants to win back the allegiance and trust of the Christian followers he duped and double crossed while working with Abramoff. 

The Republicans party’s real power brokers — Karl Rove, Ralph Reed, and Grover Norquist — are busy doing what they do best: leveraging their political, religious, and financial resources to back pro-corporate, anti-government objectives at the core of the conservative agenda.

God In America

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God in America

This movie will give you a very good education on how religion came to America, how it has changed over time, and how people with differing agendas have used it to manipulate citizens to do all kinds of silly stuff.

If you don't learn a few new things while watching this movie, then you may truly be a person who can't be educated.  Maybe your a Tea Party sympathizer, in which case the rest of us just laugh about your non-logic mind.

You cause us to laugh at you, because your ignorance will self implode upon itself, due to your lack of critical thinking skills.  These type of people don't usually like movies like this one, because they prefer to believe in fairy tales instead of truly educating themselves.  You'd be happier watching Santa Clause movies, or you can settle down with a beer in your hand and watch something like mindless reality shows on TV.  Put trash in, and you get trash out.

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Dr. Richard Dawkins

Growing Up In The Universe

Growing Up In The Universe

This is a great and fun educational movie where Dr. Richard Dawkins teaches evolution from A to Z.  He does it so good that I consider this to be the Evolution For Dummies type of movie because it is taught through understandable English and examples.

It also shatters the uneducated nonsense that Intelligent Design and Creationist proponents puke out of their mouths, "Only God could create something as complex as the human eye."  As it turns out, the human eye is actually very easy for evolution to produce, and Dr. Dawkins proves it very effortlessly.

"We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in.  Some of us just go one god further."
— Dr. Richard Dawkins
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.  Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.  I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world."
Dr. Richard Dawkins

"It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is either ignorant, stupid, or insane."
Dr. Richard Dawkins

"There is no such thing as a Christian child: only a child of Christian parents."
Dr. Richard Dawkins

"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."
Dr. Richard Dawkins

"One of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding."
Dr. Richard Dawkins
"Let children learn about different faiths, let them notice their incompatibility, and let them draw their own conclusions about the consequences of that incompatibility.  As for whether they are ‘valid,’ let them make up their own minds when they are old enough to do so."
Dr. Richard Dawkins

"The majority of children born into the world tend to inherit the beliefs of their parents, and that to me is one of the most regrettable facts of them all."
Dr. Richard Dawkins

"Science flies you to the moon.  Religion flies you into buildings."
Dr. Richard Dawkins

"If the history-deniers who doubt the fact of evolution are ignorant of biology, those who think the world began less than ten thousand years ago are worse than ignorant, they are the deluded to the point of perversity."
Dr. Richard Dawkins

"Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time."
Dr. Richard Dawkins

Differences Between Faith and Critical Thinking

September 2012
by R. L. L.

All of the major religions of the world are heavily invested, and illogically centered around the idea of faith.  They extoll and proclaim faith as being the highest virtue that their followers must adhere to, beyond all reasonable questioning.  To do otherwise is to risk and condemn your very soul to eternal damnation.  Wow!  What a strong and effective tool to use, to silence a questioning mind.  Sounds suspiciously like one of the many tactics of mind control, and people control.

Simply stated, faith is the "firm belief in something for which there is no proof."  To believe in something based "upon faith" means to believe in something "without question."

Conversely, critical thinking is all about the requirement of proof, or at the very least some strong indication based on evidence, before believing in something.  It has everything to do with mindful questioning.   Upon using critical thinking, about religious claims, and questioning them, plus weighing them against the evidence - many critical thinkers reject religious ideas that have originated from previous centuries of superstitions.

It's an intellectually and socially dangerous practice and fact that religions routinely shut out questioning and doubt.  They do so by using faith to shut out and squelch any debate or scientific evidence and facts.  With their convoluted mind control, they insinuate and preach that the truly virtuous person is suppose to, and expected to, hang onto unproven religious claims, regardless of any contradictory evidence.  They declare and make their doctrine dictate that the virtuous person does not test God, but simply believes in their heart.  And that is the complete opposite of critical thinking.

When a person views faith to be a virtue, and they are not actively engaged in the constant routine of rooting out irrationality from wherever it has crept into their thinking process, then they are absolutely not a "critical thinker."

October 2012
by R. L. L.

Militant Taliban Islamic Fundamentalist Shoots 14-Year-Old School Girl in the Head and Neck

14-year-old Malala Yousafzai is a hero who has campaigned for the education rights of girls, since she was 12 years old.  Malala first gained international prominence after blogging for the BBC about her life under the strict enforcement of Sharia law as interpreted by the over the top crazy Taliban nut jobs that believe they have the absolute right to enforce Sharia law any way they want to.

Malala was returning home from school, in a northwest area of Pakistan, when some crazy Taliban bastards stopped the vehicle she was riding in, and one of the Taliban pricks asked for Malala by name and then shot the little girl in the head and neck!  Another girl with her was shot in the hand.

The Pakistani Taliban has outright, and proudly claimed responsibility for the attack on Malalai, and they have also proclaimed that if she survives her injuries, they will target her again!

I, R.L.L, boldly state, claim, and declare that you militant Taliban are nothing more than a bunch of crazy, F### Heads!  I further declare that you have shit for brains!  If I were to draw a caricature of you, I would depict you as huge, walking Ass Holes.....dropping all of your stinking shit behind you wherever you go!

You crazy, militant Taliban believe in a strict and anti-modern ideology.  One of your Taliban lists of prohibitions included: pork, pig oil, satellite dishes, cinematography, music equipment, pool tables, chess, masks, tapes, computers, VCRs, television, lobster, nail polish, firecrackers, statues, sewing catalogs, pictures, and Christmas cards.  You also got rid of employment, education, sports for all women, dancing, clapping during sports events, kite flying, and characterizations of living things, including drawings, paintings, photographs, stuffed animals, and dolls.

So you are anti-modern anything, and would prefer to live backwards in time by about 1,500 years ago.

Your full of shit!  You used a modern technology item, called a gun, to shoot a 14-year-old school girl in the head and neck.

You don't seem to mind using modern technology when it comes to carrying out your masochistic and sadistic behavior against other human beings.  Explain that gap in your logic.  You can't because you are hypocrites, and mentally ill nut jobs.

You don't mind using the modern technology of trucks or cars to ride around in as you police the landscape and hunt down, and chase citizens that you self determine to be breaking your lunatic Sharia laws, and then publicly flog them, or worse yet, shoot them in the head.

You are the one of the most disgusting examples of people with mental illness, and stone age brains!

U.S. Presidents and Free Thinkers

Many people mistakenly think that Presidents and other famous people were strong believers in, and advocates of religion, and faith.  It's not true, and here are their thoughts, and bold statements on how they regarded religion, especially when you consider the times periods they lived through.
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U.S. President Thomas Jefferson

"The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations.  The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious.  If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him.  They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites."
- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

"Religions are all alike-founded upon fables and mythologies."
- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

"Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man."

- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

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U.S. President James Madison

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."
- James Madison, U.S. President

"Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together."
- James Madison, U.S. President
(James Madison objected to state-supported chaplains in Congress and to the exemption of churches from taxation.)

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U.S. President Abraham Lincoln

"The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession.  I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma".
- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

William Howard Taft
U.S. President William Howard Taft

"I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe."
- William Howard Taft, U.S. President

Free Thinkers
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine
(the Author of Common Sense)

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."
- Thomas Paine

"Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifiying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity."
- Thomas Paine

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Francois Arouet

"Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world."
- Francois Marie Arouet "Voltaire"

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Napoleon Bonaparte

"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.  Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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Denis Diderot

"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
- Denis Diderot

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Susan B. Anthony

"I was born a heretic.  I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows."
- Susan B. Anthony

Elizabeth Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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Friedrich Nietzsche

"All religions bear traces of the fact that they arose during the intellectual immaturity of the human race before it had learned the obligations to speak the truth.  Not one of them makes it the duty of it's God to be truthful and understandable in his communications."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Sigmund Freud

"Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis."
- Sigmund Freud

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Henry L. Mencken

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.  A man full of faith is simply one who has lost (or never had) the capacity for clear and realistic thought.  He is not a mere ass: he is actually ill."
-Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken

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Mark Twain

"Faith is believing something you know aint true."
- Mark Twain

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Thomas Edison

"I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God."
- Thomas Edison, American Inventor

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Albert Einstein

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for a reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."
- Albert Einstein, German Born American Physicist

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Charlie Chapman

"By simple common sense I don't believe in God.  In none."
- Charlie Chapman

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Kurt Vonnegut

"Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith.  I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile."
- Kurt Vonnegut

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Arthur C. Clarke

"Religion is a byproduct of fear.  For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary?  Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?"
- Arthur C. Clarke

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Christopher Hitchens

"We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system.  He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge."
- Christopher Hitchens

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Gene Roddenberry

"We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans and then blames them for his own mistakes."
- Gene Roddenberry, Creator of Star Trek

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Billy Joel

"I believe that all important matters have to be settled here, not in the clouds somewhere after we kick off."
- Billy Joel, Musician

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