from: Who's Who in Hell, A Handbook and
International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists,
Rationalists, and Non-Theists, Warren Allen Smith, Barricade, 2000.
Mark Twain is
reputed to have said, "Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."'
[iii]. [Timothy J. Madigan].
J(ules) [Sir] (1910--1989)"
concise in his writing, attacking racism in sport and the harassment of
homosexuals. "There was something pathological [sic] about his pursuit of
women," The Economist (19 June 1999) noted:
started soon after his first marriage, encouraged by the attentions of a
dance-hall hostess in Vienna, and did not let up until he died approaching
80. When ill and old and about to remarry his second wife, Dee, he was
still capable of planning to go off with a woman less than half his age.
Women to him were like sweets to a greedy little boy. In general, he was
not so much autistic as child-like, artlessly pleased with himself,
insistent on being the centre of attention. He never really grew up.
[Interesting, amusing, annoying (The
Fellow of the British Academy, Ayer was knighted in 1970.' .
Denis (1937-- )" |
one of his acts, Carlin said
of the things humans did wrong was to believe in this guy God, to believe
that there's really a man in the sky who cares about any of this, and who
directs our feelings or thoughts or has a report card or a scorecard on
our behavior. This is really a crippling belief. And what religions do is
to use it to control people and scare them.
Brain Droppings he further develops his
begun worshiping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike
some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It's there for me
every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time:
heat, light, food, a lovely day. There's no mystery, no one asks for
money, I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring pageantry. And
interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and
the prayers I formerly offered "God" are all answered at about the same
During a 1999 HBO special, "You Are All Diseased,"
Carlin in a live recording said,
the Bullshit Department, a businessman can't hold a candle to a clergyman.
'Cause I gotta tell you the truth, folks. When it comes to bullshit,
big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time
champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest.
No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever
n. One who follows the teachings of Christ insofar as they are not
inconsistent with a life of sin.
> I don't
know whether to laugh or cry. We give them a nice Jewish boy to worship,
five books--no charge. And what do we get in return? Crusades, the
Inquisition, pogroms, the Holocaust. And now they want us to join them in
heaven? I'll take hell any day!
> "Belief in
a cruel God makes a cruel man.
> God is the
immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They
find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority,
soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters.
> "Beware of
the man whose God is in the skies.
> 'For me,
the single word' "God" suggests everything that is slippery, shady,
squalid, foul, and grotesque.
> "I do not
believe in God. I believe in cashmere.
impotence of God is infinite.
> "Every man
thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.
people think God is a Christian. Some people think God is a Moslem. Or a
Jew. Or a Catholic. Or a Baptist. If you think about it, they can't all be
|> Some people say it is not nice to
question God. They think that believing the myth is more important than
finding out what is really true. |
> "We can
explain phenomenon without any need to refer to gods or God.
Edwards". [439, 440].
'God, Wrath of
writing in Freethought Today (April 1995),
provided a partial list of wrathful killing by God, as purported by the
> The entire
population of the earth at the time of Noah, except for eight survivors
in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24, 25)
> Amalek and
his people (Exodus 17:8-16)
Israelites (Exodus 32:27, 28)
Jews (Numbers 16:44-49)
> The people of Og: "So they smote
him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him
alive: and they possessed his land."
people (Numbers 25:4-9)
Midianite males (Numbers 31:6-12)
Ammonites (Deuteronomy 2:19-21)
> The Horims
Amorites: "...utterly destroyed the men and the women and the little
ones." (Deuteronomy 2:33-35)
> The Hittites, Girgashites,
Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites: "...thou
shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them."
in Jericho but one family (Joshua 6:20-21)
people of Ai (Joshua 8:19-29)
> All the
people of Makkedah, Libnah, Gezer, Eglon, Heron (Joshua 8
> All the
inhabitants of the land of Goshen: "...until they had destroyed them,
neither left they any to breathe." (Joshua 11:14)
inhabitants of Hormah, Gaza, Askelon, Ekron (Judges 1:17-19)
Moabites, 10,000 Perizzites and Canaanites, 600 Philistines, 120,000
Midianites, 1,000 Philistines, 25,100 Benjaminites, and all the hosts of
Sisera (Judges 1, 3, 4, 8, 15, and 20)
people of Bethshemesh (1 Samuel 6:19)
> All the
Amalekites: "Slay man and woman, infant and suckling...."
|> 200 Philistines, to obtain their
foreskins, in order to buy a bridge (1
Syrians, 70,000 people, 40,000 Syrians, and the Ammonites of Rabbah,
tortured to death by the great King David (2
Samuel 8, 10,
> Every man
in Edom (1 Kings 11:15)
> All the
prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:40)
Syrians (1 Kings 20:28, 29)
captains, and "fifties" (2 Kings, 1:9-14)
children and 185,000 Assyrians (2 Kings 2 and 19)
men of Israel, 20,000 Edomites, and 120,000 Judeans (2 Chronicles 13, 25, 28)
people (Esther (9:15, 16)'. .
Stanley (1928--1999)" |
Playboy, he responded as to whether he
thought "2001" is a religious film:
will say that the God concept is at the heart of "2001" but not any
traditional, anthropomorphic image of God. I don't believe in any of
Earth's monotheistic religions, but I do believe that one can construct an
intriguing scientific definition of God, once you accept the fact that
there are approximately 100 billion stars in our galaxy alone, that each
star is a life-giving sun, and that there are approximately 100 billion
galaxies in just the visible universe. Given a planet in a stable orbit,
not too hot and not too cold, and given a few billion years of chance
chemical reactions created by the interaction of a sun's energy on the
planet's chemicals, it's fairly certain that life in one form or other
will eventually emerge [this sentence?].
Interviewed by American
Cinematographer (1969) and asked if there is an unseen cosmic
intelligence, or god, in the movie, something responsible for the events
depicted on the screen, Kubrick responded,
THE WHOLE IDEA OF GOD IS ABSURD. If
anything, "2001" shows that what some people call "god" is simply an
acceptable term for their ignorance. What they don't understand, they call
"god"....Everything we know about the universe reveals that there is no
god. I chose to do Dr. Clarke's story as a film because it highlights a
critical factor necessary for human evolution; that is, beyond our present
condition. This film is a rejection of the notion that there is a god;
isn't that obvious?
what did he say to people who find the movie spiritual and call it a
simply not there, religion and spirituality. Sufficiently advanced beings
could be capable of things we might not even be able to understand--though
these things would all make perfect sense to an advanced civilization, I
suspect that these people to whom you refer are simply calling what they
don't understand in my film "god."'
> "In the
great game of human life one begins by being a dupe and ends by being a
> "The first
half of our life is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our
> "Life is a
God-damned, stinking, treacherous game and nine hundred and ninety-nine
men out of a thousand are bastards.
Dreiser". [668, 669].
names: cognomen (last name) before praenomen (first name); comma not used
(used in American libraries (Lin, Yutang))], a Chinese-American, wrote a
humanistic work, The
Importance of Living (1937), which included the following:
[note: at the time of a graduation, 1969, influenced
(1964, San Francisco) by Lin Yutang (The
Importance of Living), I changed my first name to Lin]
pagan lives in this world like an orphan, without the benefit of that
consoling feeling that there is always some one in heaven who cares and
who will, when that spiritual relationship called prayer is established,
attend to his private personal welfare. It is no doubt a less cheery
world; but there is the benefit and dignity of being an orphan who by
necessity has learned to be independent, to take care of himself, and to
be more mature, as all orphans are. It was this feeling rather than any
intellectual belief--this feeling of dropping into a world without the
love of God--that really scared me until the very last moment of my
conversion to paganism. I felt, like many born Christians, that if a
personal God did not exist the bottom would be knocked out of this
universe....Finally my salvation came. "Why," I reasoned with a colleague,
"if there were no God, people would not do good and the world would go
topsy-turvy." "Why?" replied my Confucian colleague. "We should lead a
decent human life simply because we are decent human beings," he said.
This appeal to the dignity of human life cut off my last tie to
Christianity, and from then I was a pagan....A Chinese writer, Kung Tingan, said: "The Sage himself loved
very much to argue!...The Sage talks about life, as he is directly aware
of it; the Talented Ones talk about the Sage's words and the stupid ones
argue about the words of the Talented Ones."' . [See: #4, 146
V. Ramaswami) (1879--1973)" |
means "great leader") was a controversial leader of social reform and of
atheism in modern India. He used the pseudonym Erode V. Ramaswami. Periyar
was greatly influenced by Robert G.
Ingersoll and had much of his writing translated into Tamil.
Deodhekar notes the complex political struggles he endured, and at his
death he was buried in a simple wooden coffin, not cremated as is the
Hindu custom. Vast crowds gathered in Madras to pay homage. His grave is
now a monument to atheism and to Tamil aspiration. Periyar was an editor
of Kudi Arasu and Pakutharivu, both in Telugu.
Delegates to the fourth World Atheist Conference in
Vijayawada also attended a one-day State Rationalist Conference held by
the Periyar organization. In the center of their multi-building compound
is a statue of Periyar with one of his sayings on the base. On seeing it,
several Americans read it, shouting at the top of their lungs,
"THERE IS NO GOD. THERE
IS NO GOD. THERE IS NO GOD AT ALL. HE WHO INVENTED GOD IS A FOOL. HE WHO
PROPAGATES GOD IS A SCOUNDREL. HE WHO WORSHIPS GOD IS A
Robertson in the 1950s was only one of many humanists who issued
an alarm in the pages of The Humanist
concerning the troubling increase in the human population. In the 19th
century, Lord Richie Calder was one of many who
had sounded a similar alarm. Meanwhile, some major church
organizations have, contrarily, fought birth control measures and
planned parenthood programs.
Malthus had predicted that the population would eventually
outstrip the food supply. Karl Marx rejected that view,
arguing that the problem was not one of overpopulation but of
unequal distribution of goods, a problem that even a declining
population would not solve.
has succeeded in some countries--Japan, the republics of the former Soviet
Union, and most of Europe--and in some developing countries, such as
India, China, Kenya, Pakistan, Taiwan, Turkey, Egypt, and Chile. In the
United States, however, birth control and abortion are bitterly debated.
Zero Population Growth, an
educational group founded in 1970, has aimed to stop population growth,
first in the United States and then in other countries. On the
international level, besides the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the United Nations Economic and Social Council
provides birth control aid to underdeveloped nations.
|During the Roman Empire, an estimated quarter to a
half billion humans existed. By the mid-19th Century, the number had
increased to one billion. By 1930 the number had increased to 2 billion.
In 1992, the world's population was about 5.4 billion. In 1995, the
population had increased to 5.7 billion. The U.S. Department of Commerce
has estimated that by 2010 the number will increase to 7 billion and by
2020 to 7.9 billion. The United Nations has estimated that the population
in 1990 will have doubled by 2050. By the year 2150, one estimate has the
human population as high as an incredible 694 billion. Theists may
ignominiously welcome the latter number as a bullish sign for church
finances. But non-theist organizations such as the International Humanist
and Ethical Union (IHEU) and the Council for Secular Humanism have reacted
with horror when they extrapolate as to what such a future will bring."
Sarvepalli [Sir] (1888--1975)"
Indian statesman and philosopher, Radhakrishnan declared, "It is not God
that is worshiped but the group or authority that claims to speak in His
name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority [compare: #2, 24, 147.
(Hobbes)], not violation of integrity."' .
'"THE FRUITS OF
DECLARED, "WERE RELIGIOUS WARS,
BUTCHERIES, CRUSADES, INQUISITIONS, EXTERMINATION OF THE NATIVES IN
AMERICA, AND THE INTRODUCTION OF AFRICAN SLAVES IN THEIR PLACE."'
pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
> Sex: the
thing that takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of
should we take advice on sex from the Pope? If he knows anything about it,
Shaw". [996, 997].
> "To kill
an error is as good a service as, and sometimes better than, the
establishing of a new truth or fact.
> "Truth, in
matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
> "The truth
cannot be asserted without denouncing the falsehood.
> "If you
are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
Einstein". [1108, 1109].