"God is dead.
That's what they said.
Done in by Darwin, Marx and Freud.
Free are we
Of course it sort of leaves a little void.
I used to care about my fellow man.
But now—hurrah—I'm free.
And it's simply not my problem!"
— Potemkin, Celebration, "Not My Problem"
Uh oh, retard alert! Retard alert, class! Do you believe in a flying spaghetti monster too, bubblehead?!
— Mrs Garrison, South Park
Relax, these pious morons are too busy praying to their phoney-baloney God.
— Homer Simpson, The Simpsons Movie
How was church? Did you present proper tribute to your invisible sky wizard?
— Walky, Dumbing of Age
(to the ceiling) Every time Iíve spoken to you, youíve never spoken back. Although, given our mutual disdain, I canít blame you for the silent treatment. Perhaps Iím speaking to the wrong audience. (to the floor) Can you hear me? Are you even capable of language, or do you only understand depravity? (to himself) There is no solace above or below. Only us, small, solitary, striving, battling one another. I pray to myself, for myself.
—Francis J. Underwood, House of Cards
Mom raised me to be a man of faith. I lost that faith at Serenity Valley.
— Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity Role Playing Game
Ranger Brad: You don't believe those old legends about the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, do you?
Dr. Roger Fleming: Ranger Brad, I'm a scientist, I don't believe in anything.
No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
— George H.W. Bush (according to one report, although no notes were taken, or video recording made)
I, frankly, would be really worried if somebody assured me that nothing in their faith would affect their judgments, because then Iíd wonder, whereís your judgment? How can you have judgment if you have no faith? And how can I trust you with power if you donít pray?
Crave Online: Killing babies is fine?
Seth Mac Farlane: Iím an atheist, so I donít give a shit. (Note this seems to have been self-parody).
Basically..... out of all the ridiculous religion stories which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous ó the silliest one I've ever heard is, 'Yeah..... there's this big giant universe and it's expanding, it's all gonna collapse on itself and we're all just here just 'cause..... just 'cause'. That, to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever.
— Trey Parker
"Back then, Essex was fascinated by the work of Charles Darwinís work on natural selection, attending lectures alongside his employer and father-in-law, (sigh) Lord Grey. Back then, Jimmy X was into hassling Darwin about whether evolution could explain the soul and probably gave his own lectures on how the banana is the atheistís worst nightmare, but Essex and his goofy flat top are all about this whole evolution thing, particularly with regards to how it can sharpen up oneís teeth and stick a big red jewel to oneís forehead. Iím not sure he really understood what evolution actually was."
Disagreement is inevitable, but bullying and harassment are not.. It should go without saying, but this means no death threats, rape threats, attacks on peopleís appearance, age, race, sex, size, haircut; no photoshopping people into demeaning images, no vulgar epithets. Iím told that some people think I tacitly endorse such things even if I donít indulge in them.
Though Atheism is technically the opposite of religion, there are still quite a few atheists out there who treat it like one.
Atheism is on the rise. Polls show that belief in the man upstairs (or whatever floor the deity lives on) is on the decline, with the number of these non-God-fearing folk having grown to more than half a billion worldwide. While this seems to be becoming more of a norm in places like Scandinavia, where religious belief has reached an all-time low, if you happen to be an atheist in America we have some potentially bad news for you: There's a damn good chance that people don't like you. Including other atheists.....That's right — even other atheists had bought into the idea that religious people are more ethical, even though they presumably don't think of themselves as less ethical due to their non-belief.
America is an increasingly politically polarized nation. (No shit.) But by and large, when it comes to family members' marriages, we're able to set aside party differences and get wild at the open bar. Except, that is, when it comes to atheists. Maybe folks are just really worried they'll get Richard Dawkins books every Christmas? ...People love to bitch about awkward political moments at the family reunion, but when push comes to shove, most us will take the years-long argument about taxes with Uncle Tony over seeing a cousin marry some "right-thinking" dude who's a complete fuckwad in every other department.
Take Reagan: what does it mean to ay that he was a Born Again Christian? It means somebody told him he'd been a Born Again Christian. In Bush's case, though, I presume he's totally secular, he just knows by now that you've got to make a nod to this huge fundamentalist constituency—and since you're not going to offer them anything they really want, you offer them symbolic things, like saying, 'so help my God' or something like that.
—Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power
In the overcharged ideological atmosphere of Things That Matter, atheism and even veganism are suspect. Krauthammer summons us to remember the wise observation of Arthur Schlesinger ('and others') that 'declining faith in the supernatural has been accompanied by the rise of the monstrous totalitarian creeds of the 20th century.' For, Krauthammer continues, 'as Chesterton put it, 'The trouble when people stop believing in God is not that they thereafter believe in nothing; it is that they believe in anything.' In this century,' Krauthammer grimly reminds us, 'anything' has included Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.' It has also, I would remind him, included Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, and Albert Camus.
—Scott McLemee on Charles Krauthammer
In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony godís blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my intelligence.
—aalewis, amateur "quote maker"