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].

"Ayer, Alfred J(ules) [Sir] (1910--1989)"

'Ayer was 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:

He 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 Economist), etc.]

A Fellow of the British Academy, Ayer was knighted in 1970.' [64].

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"Carlin, George Denis (1937-- )"

'In one of his acts, Carlin said

One 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.

In Brain Droppings he further develops his freethinking:

I've 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 50-percent rate.

During a 1999 HBO special, "You Are All Diseased," Carlin in a live recording said,

In 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 told.'

[183, 184].


> Christian, n. One who follows the teachings of Christ insofar as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.

--Ambrose Bierce

> 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!

--Harriet Levenbaum Kean'. [209].

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"God, Quips About:"

> "Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

--Thomas Paine

> 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.

--H.L. Mencken"

> "Beware of the man whose God is in the skies.

--George Bernard Shaw"

> 'For me, the single word' "God" suggests everything that is slippery, shady, squalid, foul, and grotesque.

--André Breton'

> "I do not believe in God. I believe in cashmere.

--Fran Lebowitz"

> "The impotence of God is infinite.

--Anatole France"

> "Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.

--Jean Anouilh"

> "Some 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 right.

--Dan Barker

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> 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.

--Dan Barker"

> "We can explain phenomenon without any need to refer to gods or God.

--Paul Edwards". [439, 440].

'God, Wrath of

Judith Hayes, writing in Freethought Today (April 1995), provided a partial list of wrathful killing by God, as purported by the Old Testament:

> The entire population of the earth at the time of Noah, except for eight survivors (Genesis 7:23)

> Everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24, 25)

> Amalek and his people (Exodus 17:8-16)

> 3,000 Israelites (Exodus 32:27, 28)

> 14,700 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."

(Numbers 21:33-35)

> 24,000 people (Numbers 25:4-9)

> All Midianite males (Numbers 31:6-12)

> The Ammonites (Deuteronomy 2:19-21)

> The Horims (Deuteronomy 2:22)

> The 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."

(Deuteronomy 7:1-5)

> "Everyone in Jericho but one family (Joshua 6:20-21)

> 12,000 people of Ai (Joshua 8:19-29)

> All the people of Makkedah, Libnah, Gezer, Eglon, Heron (Joshua 8 and 10)

> All the inhabitants of the land of Goshen: "...until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe." (Joshua 11:14)

> The inhabitants of Hormah, Gaza, Askelon, Ekron (Judges 1:17-19)

> 10,000 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)

> 50,070 people of Bethshemesh (1 Samuel 6:19)

> All the Amalekites: "Slay man and woman, infant and suckling...."

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> 200 Philistines, to obtain their foreskins, in order to buy a bridge (1 Samuel 18:27)

> 22,000 Syrians, 70,000 people, 40,000 Syrians, and the Ammonites of Rabbah, tortured to death by the great King David (2 Samuel 8, 10, 12, 14)

> Every man in Edom (1 Kings 11:15)

> All the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:40)

> 100,000 Syrians (1 Kings 20:28, 29)

> Moabite captains, and "fifties" (2 Kings, 1:9-14)

> 42 children and 185,000 Assyrians (2 Kings 2 and 19)

> 500,000 men of Israel, 20,000 Edomites, and 120,000 Judeans (2 Chronicles 13, 25, 28)

> 75,000 people (Esther (9:15, 16)'. [440].

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"Kubrick, Stanley (1928--1999)"

'To Playboy, he responded as to whether he thought "2001" is a religious film:

I 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?

So what did he say to people who find the movie spiritual and call it a "religious experience"?

It's 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."' [630].

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> "In the great game of human life one begins by being a dupe and ends by being a rogue.


> "The first half of our life is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.

--Clarence Darrow"

> "Life is a God-damned, stinking, treacherous game and nine hundred and ninety-nine men out of a thousand are bastards.

--Theodore Dreiser". [668, 669].

"Lin Yutang (1895--1976)"

'Lin [Chinese 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]

The 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."' [669]. [See: #4, 146 (Schopenhauer)].

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"Periyar (Erode V. Ramaswami) (1879--1973)"

'Periyar (which 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,


"Population Explosion

Priscilla 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.

Thomas Robert 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.

Family planning 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.

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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." [875].

"Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli [Sir] (1888--1975)"

'An 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."' [898].

"Schopenhauer, Arthur (1788--1860)"



> "The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.

--Lord Chesterfield

> Sex: the thing that takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of trouble.

--John Barrymore"

> "Why should we take advice on sex from the Pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't.

--George Bernard Shaw". [996, 997].

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> "To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.

--Charles Darwin"

> "Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.

--Oscar Wilde"

> "The truth cannot be asserted without denouncing the falsehood.

--Leslie Stephens"

> "If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

--Albert Einstein". [1108, 1109].

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