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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Monique Davis
Illinois State Representative, Democrat, of Chicago; MSNBC Countdown's 'Worst Person in The World' for Tuesday, April 8, 2008, for her tirade against Rob Sherman (below)

This portrait of unknown origin, depicting Davis in the 1880s, hangs in the office of The Papers of Jefferson Davis, located at Rice University in Houston, TexasWhat you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous ... it's dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists! This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God! Get out of that seat ... You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon.
-- Monique Davis, to talk-show host and atheist activist Rob Sherman during his testimony Wednesday afternoon before the House State Government Administration Committee in Springfield; in "Get Out of Here, Atheists!" from RichardDawkins.net (7 April, 2008); Sherman is the same reporter to whom Vice-President George H W Bush decreed, "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.")

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederacy

This portrait of unknown origin, depicting Davis in the 1880s, hangs in the office of The Papers of Jefferson Davis, located at Rice University in Houston, TexasWe recognize the Negro [the way] God, and God's Book and God's Laws, in nature, tell us to recognize him -- our inferior, fitted expressly for servitude.
-- Jefferson Davis, quoted in Gary Stonecipher, personal letter to Cliff Walker, June 3, 2002

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Tom DeLay
United States Representative (Republican, Texas)

Tom DeLayChristianity offers the only viable, reasonable, definitive answer to the questions of "Where did I come from?" "Why am I here?" "Where am I going?" "Does life have any meaningful purpose?"
-- Tom DeLay, speaking to 300 people at the First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas (April 12, 2002), quoted from Alan Cooperman, "House GOP whip delivers fervent paean to Christianity" (Washington Post, April 21, 2002); a recording of the speech was released by Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Only Christianity offers a way to understand that physical and moral border. Only Christianity offers a comprehensive worldview that covers all areas of life and thought, every aspect of creation. Only Christianity offers a way to live in response to the realities that we find in this world -- only Christianity.
-- Tom DeLay, speaking to 300 people at the First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas (April 12, 2002), quoted from Alan Cooperman, "House GOP whip delivers fervent paean to Christianity" (Washington Post, April 21, 2002); Its , the Rev Barry W Lynn executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said DeLay "lacks appreciation for the religious pluralism" of the United States, which he called "particularly disturbing" because DeLay is "a top-ranking member of Congress" and "represents people from the whole spectrum of religious faiths and nonbelievers, not just Christianity"

... Judea and Samaria ...
-- Tom DeLay, referring to the modern-day West Bank by its biblical (New Testament) name, while stumping for what he thinks will be a supernatural occupation of Palestine by Christian Jews (and you thought Zionism was as bad as it gets?), speaking as the headline speaker at a meeting of the influential American-Israeli Political Action Committee, quoted from Marty Jezer, "On Anti-Semitism" (CommonDreams.org; April 26, 2002)

I know there are some people that are very worried about the faith based initiative that the president supports. And most of the distress is about that, "We don't want the federal government coming into our business." Well, my answer to that is don't accept the money. But I see it as a great opportunity to bring God back into the public institutions of the country. God has been removed from all our public institutions. And our way to bring him back into these institutions and do it where -- and, and, and uniting, and a way of standing up and rebuking this notion of separation of church and state that has been imposed upon us over the last 40 or 50 years. You see, I don't believe there is a separation of church and state. I think the Constitution is very clear. We have the right and the freedom to exercise our religion wherever we are at any time we choose to do so. The only separation is that there will not be a government church. But we should never ever be limited in our ability to exercise our religion no matter what it is anywhere we choose to do it. We have an opportunity to once again get back into the public arena. The reason that all these social programs have failed, in my opinion, is they are social government programs, they are impersonal. They don't start with the right world view: the [idea?] that man is sinful and the redemption of man is through Jesus Christ or if you're Jewish through practicing your religion -- the [part?] that we need to get back in.
     A perfect example of that is Chuck Colson's prison fellowship program. George W Bush gave Colson a prison in my district in Sugarland, Texas. [Better recidivism rate; then Complained about public schools] Said we should give parents a chance to send their children to a "faith-based" school.
-- Tom DeLay, in TV preacher D James Kennedy's Center for Christian Statesmanship "Politics & Principle" Lecture Series, Cannon Caucus Room, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC July 10, 2001, transcribed by Rob Boston from a "difficult to hear" tape, in a personal letter to Cliff Walker, July 12, 2001

[Believers] are told, "You can go in the church ... and stay in it, but if you stick your head out and you say anything that reflects your worldview, we're gonna knock your head off." And they do. And they come after me like you wouldn't believe. I'm the most investigated man in America. Especially when we impeached Bill Clinton.... If I wasn't walking with the Lord, I would have been destroyed. I was totally consumed with holding this man accountable, because what he was doing was not just, in the secular world, undermining the rule of law. He was undermining everything that I believe in and everything that I have been working for. And he was standing for the wrong worldview.
-- Tom DeLay, issuing the now-familiar cry of "Christian persecution! Christian persecution!" simply because he was criticized for what he admits are controversial political moves in a world of ruthless political power-plays, speaking to 300 people at the First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas (April 12, 2002), quoted from Alan Cooperman, "House GOP whip delivers fervent paean to Christianity" (Washington Post, April 21, 2002), a recording the speech was released by Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Don't send your kids to Baylor. And don't send your kids to [Texas] A&M... Texas A&M used to be a conservative university. It's lost all of its conservatism.... My daughter went there. You know, she had horrible experiences with coed dorms and guys who spent the weekends in the rooms with girls.
-- Tom DeLay, combining the power of his clout and influence with the power of an emotionally charged religious argument to discredit the two largest Universities in Texas, though his denigration of these institutions has all the appearance of being fueled by personal grudges: DeLay was expelled from Baylor because of an acknowledged fondness for drinking and carousing, and what his daughter experienced happens at virtually all large Universities as well as many smaller ones, and as issues are secondary those involving quality education; speaking to 300 people at the First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas (April 12, 2002), quoted from Alan Cooperman, "House GOP whip delivers fervent paean to Christianity" (Washington Post, April 21, 2002), a recording the speech was released by Americans United for Separation of Church and State

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Barrier: Wants C-SPAN to Cover Hypocrisy

"Jesus told his followers not to pray in the public square 'as the hypocrites' do, but rather 'enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret,' Mr. DeLay not only wants to pray in public, he wants C-SPAN and the nightly news to cover it!"
-- Ron Barrier, American Atheist's Communications Director, on DeLay's proposed "National Day of Reconciliation" bill (HR184) which would promote public (government ) prayer ceremonies, quoted from press release, "Proposed 'National Day of Reconciliation' Divisive, Excuse To Hold 'Pray-In' on Capitol Hill: Excludes Millions of Americans, Charges Atheist Civil Rights Group" (October 29, 2001)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)William Dembski
American mathematician and theologian; leading theorist for 'Intelligent Design' creationism, a stealth brand of Fundamentalist Christian creationism which compromises some key Fundamentalist points (such as the age of the Earth) and generally hides the fact that it is Christian until after it is allowed into public schools

William DembskiAny view of the sciences that leaves Christ out of the picture must be seen as fundamentally deficient.
-- William Dembski, Intelligent Design: The Bridge between Science and Theology (1999), p. 298, quoted from Victor J Stenger, Has Science Found God? (draft: 2001)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Benjamin ("Dizzy") Disraeli, First Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881)
British politician, prime minister (1868, 1874-1880), instrumental in extending the power and scope of the British Empire

Man is made to adore and obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities.
-- Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby, 1844, book 4, chapter 13, from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)James Dobson
Founder of the viciously anti-American, Focus on the Family Ministries

James Dobson, image adapted from an unattributed drawing in *Slate*Nothing short of great Civil War of Values rages today throughout North America. Two sides with vastly differing and incompatible world-views are locked in a bitter conflict that permeates every level of society. ...the struggle now is for the hearts and minds of the people. It is a war over ideas. And someday soon, I believe, a winner will emerge and the loser will fade from memory. For now, the outcome is very much in doubt.
-- James Dobson, Children at Risk, pages 19–20

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)The Rev Wiley S Drake
American (Where else?) Televangelist; one-time second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention; in 2007, Drake used his tax-exempt ministry to endorse former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign (Huckabee is the only true fundamentalist of the men running in the once-respectable Republican party)

The Rev Wiley S DrakePersecute them. ... Let them be put to shame and perish. ... Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. ... Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg. Let there be none to extend mercy unto him, neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
-- The Rev Wiley S Drake, using Bible passages (such as Psalm 109, 55, 58, 68, 69, and 83; Matthew 23:13, 15-16, 23-24, 27, and 29; I Corinthians 16:22) in an attempt to put a hex upon employees of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a group which, among other things, likes to turn in churches that violate the IRS prohibition against endorsing candidates; from CBS News (September 8, 2007)

Let us join Paul and declare anathema upon anyone "who loves not the Lord Jesus." (I Cor 16:22)
-- The Rev Wiley S Drake, from his press release, "Media Advisory" (August 14, 2007)

The prayer does call for serious, serious punishment on people. But I didn't call for that, God did.
-- The Rev Wiley S Drake, from CBS News, "Minister: Death To My Tax Status Critics: California Clergyman Condemns Those Who Complained To IRS Criticizing His Political Endorsement of Huckabee" (August 17, 2007)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)John Edward
American psychic, host of Crossing Over

John EdwardsPlease do not put earthly expectations on a heavenly experience.
-- John Edward, explaining his failure to reach certain dead "souls," in the "Guidelines" for prospective guests, which say, in essence, "Have no expectations," as posted on his web site, quoted from Shari Waxman, "Shooting crap: Alleged psychic John Edward actually gambles on hope and basic laws of statistics" (Salon: June 13, 2002)

I can only be as good as [the audience members] at acknowledging and owning the information that's coming through ... and sometimes, nobody comes through.... One of the things that I've learned is that I am not an operator and I can't dial direct, ... and even if I do make the connection with the person they want to hear from, there's no guarantee that they're going to come through and tell them what they want to hear.
-- John Edward, explaining his failure to reach certain dead "souls," in Michael Ausiello, "John Edward's Cold Reading," TV Guide's "Insider" column (January 26, 2001)

Even more precious is his Edward writes, "I'm always saying that it is not the spirits who are getting it wrong; it's more likely that I am misinterpreting their messages.
-- John Edward, allowing for any and all errors, all the while disguising his failurres as a modest admission of mortality, in his book, Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories, quoted from Shari Waxman, "Shooting crap: Alleged psychic John Edward actually gambles on hope and basic laws of statistics" (Salon: June 13, 2002)

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Validation is important! Since John does not know your friends and relatives, it is very important you give feedback. A simple nod of the head, a yes or no answer goes a long way in a reading. Please don't give more information than John asks for.
-- Guidelines for Audience Participants, warning prospective guests not to correct him while his rapid-fire guesses contradict reality, suggesting, instead, that if you would merely indicate to him that he's hit on to something, he can then run with it, quoted from Shari Waxman, "Shooting Crap: Alleged Psychic John Edward Actually Gambles on Hope and Basic Laws of Statistics" (Salon: June 13, 2002)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Jonathan Edwards
Early American clergyman; missionary to Native Americans

Jonathan Edwards[The Deists] wholly cast off the Christian religion, and are professed infidels. They are not like the Heretics, Arians, Socinians, and others, who own the Scriptures to be the word of God, and hold the Christian religion to e the true religion, but only deny these and these fundamental doctrines of the Christian religion: they deny the whole Christian religion. Indeed they own the being of a God; but deny that Christ was the son of God, and say he was a mere cheat; and so they say all the prophets and apostles were; and they deny the whole Scripture. They deny that any of it is the word of God. Theyd eny any revealed religion, or any word of God at all, and say that God has givehn mankind no other light to walk by but their own reason.
-- Jonathan Edwards, History of the Work of Redemption (1773); quoted from Kerry Walters, Rebolutionary Deists: Earlyh America's Rational Infidels (allowing for any and all errors, all the while disguising his failurres as a modest admission of mortality, in his book, Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories, quoted from Shari Waxman, "Shooting crap: Alleged psychic John Edward actually gambles on hope and basic laws of statistics" (Salon: June 13, 2002)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)
Dwight David Eisenhower
The 34th President of the United States
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Dwight David EisenhowerWe are particularly thankful to you for your part in the movement to have the words "under God" added to our Pledge of Allegiance. These words will remind Americans that despite our great physical strength we must remain humble. They will help us keep constantly in our minds and hearts the spiritual and moral principles which alone give dignity to man.
-- Dwight David Eisenhower, in a letter to the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic group who, with other Christian groups and because of the anti-Atheist sentiments fueled by McCarthyism, the Red Scare, and the Cold War, the Knights had worked tirelessly to turn our nation's once-universally accessible Pledge of Allegiance into an exclusive mantra that only religious people can recite with honesty and in dignity (August, 1954)

In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future. From this day forward, the millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and every rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. In this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war.
-- Dwight David Eisenhower, in a letter to the Knights of Columbus a Roman Catholic group, Eisenhower reveals that the original purpose of adding these words (contrary to what modern supporters of this addition would have us believe) has everything to do with avowing national fealty to the Christian God, whom Eisenhower, a devout Christian, described as "the Almighty"; the Knights of Columbus group, joined by other Christian groups, worked tirelessly to turn our nation's once-universally accessible Pledge of Allegiance into an exclusive mantra that only religious people can recite with honesty and in dignity. This was allowed to happen mainly because anti-Atheist sentiments had been fueled by McCarthyism into a widespread movement bordering on institutionalized bigotry, practiced on a national scale, the fierceness of which is unprecedented (as bigotry goes) in American history. Quoted from the Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting [FAIR] media advisory, "Attacks on Pledge Ruling Bolster Its Logic"

In this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war.
-- Dwight David Eisenhower, in a letter to the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic group who, with other Christian groups and because of the anti-Atheist sentiments fueled by McCarthyism, the Red Scare, and the Cold War, had worked tirelessly to turn our nation's once-universally accessible Pledge of Allegiance into an exclusive mantra that only religious people can recite with honesty and in dignity (August, 1954). Meanwhile, the alarmist nature of the aftermath of the Newdow case (2002) shows that the addition of these two words is anything but a simple "rote civic exercise," a "mere acknowledgment that many Americans believe in a deity," a token that is "merely descriptive of the undeniable historical significance of religion in the founding of the republic"; rather, the sheer intensity of the aftermath of Newdow and the fervor with which spokespersons jumped on the bandwagon to denounce this ruling shows conclusively that the addition of these two words is clearly "an impermissible government endorsement of religion" which, in the words of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, "sends a message to unbelievers 'that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and an accompanying message to adherents that they are insiders, favored members of the political community'" (Lynch v. Donnelly, 1984). Quoted from Cristina Odone, "Leave God Out of It "

Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before.
-- Dwight Eisenhower (attributed: source unknown)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)George Ellis
South African academic; professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town; student the alleged similarities between faith and science; recipient of the lucrative Templeton Prize for the promotion of religion

George EllisThe way in which science and religion by and large complement each other is becoming ever clearer, as are the natures of the various points of tension between them and some possible resolutions of those tensions.
-- George Ellis, showing just how baised the Templeton Foundation is by ignoring the very basics of scientific method in that nobody holds the keys to knowledge, nobody is the final arbiter of what we as a society call the truth and that anybody is qualified to overturn anything that we have called truth; religion, on the other hand, usually holds certain individuals, writings, or traditions to be authoritative (sometimes even infallible) in and of themselves: in science, to claim you are above error is the height of irresponsibility or, as comic Lenny Bruce put it, "Everybody's ass is up for grabs!"

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Martin Fernández de Encisco
Spanish jurist and geographer

The king has every right to send his men to the Indies to demand their territory from these idolaters because he had received it from the pope. If the Indians refuse, he may quite legally fight them, kill them, and enslave them, just as Joshua enslaved the inhabitants of the country of Canaan.
-- Martin Fernández de Encisco, quoted in Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Sam J Ervin, Jr. (1896-1985)
United States senator from North Carolina (1954-1974)

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Sam ErvinThe Supreme Court has made God unconstitutional.
-- Sam Ervin, in response to the US Supreme Court's verdict in Engle v. Vitale (barring school-sponsored prayer), quoted from Robert E Nordlander, "Madalyn Murray O'Hair: The Making of a Modern Myth" (Freethought Today, November, 1988)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez
Vatican spokesman ca. 2000

The existence of the devil isn't an opinion, something to take or leave as you wish.... [The devil] deceives men, making them believe that you find happiness in money, in power, in carnal desire. He fools men by persuading them that they do not need God and that they are self-sufficient.
-- Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, quoted in AANEWS for September 20, 2000, distributed by American Atheists

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Eusebius of Caesarea (260?-340?)
Christian theologian, church historian, and scholar

Other writers of history recorded the fighting of wars waged for the sake of children and country and other possessions. But our narrative of the government of God will record in ineffaceable letters the most peaceful wars waged in behalf of the peace of the soul.
-- Eusebius of Caesarea, quoted from Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.) Eusebius of Nicomedia (d. 342?)
Constantine's overseer of church doctrine and history, supporter of Arianism

It will sometimes be necessary to use falsehood for the benefit of those who need such a mode of treatment.
-- Eusebeus, The Preparation of the Gospel

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Tony Evans
'Promise Keepers' movement leader; Bible Fellowship pastor in Dallas, Texas

Tony Evans (selective GIF work by Cliff Walker)The first thing you do is sit down with your wife and say something like this, "Honey, I've made a terrible mistake. I've given you my role. I gave up leading this family." ... I'm not suggesting that you ask for your role back, I'm urging you to take it back ... Be sensitive. Listen. Treat the lady gently and lovingly. But lead!
-- Tony Evans, encouraging a male-ruled family life, which the National Organization for Women called a "not-very-well-cloaked misogynist message" attempting, say other feminists, "to return women to the role of subservient housewives," in a Promise Keepers official handbook, quoted from Hugh Davies, "Godly Guys Promise to be True to Jesus and the Tax Man" (15 June 1995; The London Telegraph)

I believe that feminists of the more aggressive persuasion are frustrated women unable to find the proper male leadership. If a woman were receiving the right kind of love and attention and leadership, she would not want to be liberated from that.
-- Tony Evans, quoted from the National Organization for Women, Promise Keepers Mobilization Project

The demise of our community and culture is the fault of sissified men who have been overly influenced by women.
-- Tony Evans, quoted from the National Organization for Women, Promise Keepers Mobilization Project

The primary cause of this national crisis is the feminization of men.
-- Tony Evans, quoted from the National Organization for Women, Promise Keepers Mobilization Project

Don't you understand, mister, you are royalty and God has chosen you to be priest of your home?
-- Tony Evans, mixing church and state in the home (as well as mixing metaphors!) by pronouncing the male member both priest and royalty, quoted from the National Organization for Women, Promise Keepers Mobilization Project

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Rev Jerry Falwell
Founder, with Rev Tim LaHaye, of The Moral Majority (1969), a precursor to the Christian Coalition

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Jerry Foulwell If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being.
-- Rev Jerry Falwell (attributed: source unknown)

I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, "You helped this happen."
-- Rev Jerry Falwell, blaming civil libertarians, feminists, homosexuals, and abortion rights supporters for the terrorist attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, quoted from John F Harris, "God Gave US 'What We Deserve,' Falwell Says," The Washington Post (September 14, 2001)

We're fighting against humanism, we're fighting against liberalism ... we are fighting against all the systems of Satan that are destroying our nation today ... our battle is with Satan himself.
-- Rev Jerry Falwell (attributed: source unknown)

The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.
-- Rev Jerry Falwell, Sermon, July 4, 1976

If we are going to save America and evangelize the world, we cannot accommodate secular philosophies that are diametrically opposed to Christian truth.
-- Jerry Falwell, "Moral Majority Report" for September, 1984

Jerry FalwellThe Bible is the inerrant ... word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible,without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc.
-- Jerry Falwell, Finding Inner Peace and Strength

AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.
-- Jerry Falwell (attributed: source unknown)

The Jews are returning to their land of unbelief. They are spiritually blind and desperately in need of their Messiah and Savior.
-- Jerry Falwell, Listen, America!

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Kenneth Feinberg
Head of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (a fund created by Congress and run by the Department of Justice)

Kenneth Feinberg[Gays and lesbians are] left out of my program to the extent that their own state doesn't include them. I cannot get into a position in this program, which has a one-and-a-half or two-year life, start second-guessing what the state of New York or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the state of Virginia or New Jersey, how they treat same-sex partners, domestic live-ins, etc. I simply say this: What does your state law say about who is eligible? If your state law makes you eligible, I will honor state law. If it doesn't, I go with the state. Otherwise, Tim, I would find myself getting sued in every state by people claiming that I'm not following how the state distributes money. I can't get into that local battle. I've got to rely on state law.
Kenneth Feinberg, visually indicating how much partners of 911 victims who have not undergone (or who, by law, cannot undergo) the religious ritual of marriage will receive from this ''Christian Nation.'' -- Kenneth Feinberg, saying that if state law discriminates against gay people, then so will Feinberg and the 911 Fund, even though fetuses and even illegal aliens, who are in the US in violation of federal law, will receive benefits regardless of state laws; speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" (March 10, 2002); the report clearly and overtly names married claimants as being favored, though it says nothing about how state law handles distribution of money to fetuses and completely disregards how state law handles illegal aliens

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Howard Fineman
Chief Political Correspondent for Newsweek

Howard Fineman (color by CW)Do you see Jesus Christ as the son of God and believe in him as the route to salvation and eternal life?
-- Howard Fineman, to 2004 US presidential candidate Howard Dean in an interview for Newsweek (who responded, "I certainly see him as the son of God. I think whether I'm saved or not is not gonna be up to me."), in "I Feel Like Job" (Newsweek: January 14, 2004)

 

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Becky Fischer
Missouri Pentecostal minister to children; her 'Jesus Camp' sessions appear to many to be very thinly veiled mass brainwashing sessions

And while I'm on the subject, let me say something about Harry Potter. [Gravels her voice.] Warlocks are enemies of God!! [Back to normal screech.] And I don't care what kind of hero they are, they're an enemy of God. And had it been in the Old Testament, Harry Potter woulda been put to death! [Applause.] You don't make heroes out of warlocks. This is the generation that's gonna stand for purity, an' righteousnesss, an' holiness, an' you're gonna serve the lord all the days of your life.
-- Becky Fischer, from a video that appearsw to be called, "Jesus Camp"

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.) Ezola Foster
Candidate for US vice-presidency under Pat Buchanan (2000)

[God brought African slaves to America] so that their descendants would know freedom.
-- Ezola Foster, at a January, 2000, "Repudiate Jesse Jackson" rally, quoted from Peter Carlson, "Ezola Foster: Pat Buchanan's Far Right Hand," The Washington Post, September 13, 2000

I was born black, I attended all Negro schools including college, I grew up in the segregated South during Jim Crow. If anybody knows a racist, I do. Pat Buchanan ain't no racist.
-- Ezola Foster, quoted from Reform Party Vice Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, August 12, 2000

Well, from 1969 to 1984, until he died of AIDS, a teacher and I were very good friends. He even attended celebrations at my home, and I have to admit I even went with him to gay bars once in a while. So I know a homophobe when I see one. Pat Buchanan ain't no homophobe, believe me.
-- Ezola Foster, quoted from "Ezola Foster -- 'Pat Buchanan ain't no racist!'" on www.reagan.com

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Edmund Gibson
Bishop of London

The Freedom which Christianity gives, is a Freedom from the Bondage of Sin and Satan, and from the Domination of Men's Lusts and Passions and inordinate Desires; but as to their outward Condition, whatever that was before, whether bond or free, their being baptised, and becoming Christians, makes no manner of Change in it.
-- Edmund Gibson, advocating human slavery with Scripture on his side (I Tim. 6:1-5), quoted from Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Duane T Gish
Christian 'young-Earth' creationist

Duane T. GishThus, for a theory to qualify as a scientific theory, it must be supported by events or processes that can be observed to occur, and the theory must be useful in predicting the outcome of future natural phenomena or laboratory experiments. An additional limitation usually imposed is that the theory be capable of falsification; that is, one must be able to conceive some experiment the failure of which would disprove the theory. It is on the basis of such criteria that most evolutionists insist that creation be refused consideration as a possible explanation for origins. Creation has not been witnessed by human observers, it cannot be tested scientifically, and as a theory it is non-falsifiable.
     The general theory of evolution (molecules-to-man theory) also fails to meet all three of these criteria.
-- Duane T Gish, "Creation, Evolution, and the Historical Evidence," The American Biology Teacher (March, 1973):132-40., quoted from Victor J Stenger, Has Science Found God? (2001)

What we call creation science makes no reference to the Bible. It says there are two possible explanations for the origin of the universe and living things: theistic, supernatural creation by an intelligent being, or nontheistic, mechanistic evolutionary theory that posits no goal and no purpose in the evolutionary process. We just happen to be here.
-- Duane T Gish, "Creation, quoted from, Monica Lam, &quot'Profile: Eugene Scott: Berkeley Scientist Leads Fight to Stop Teaching Of Creationism" (San Francisco Chronicle, February 7, 2003)

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Eugenie Scott: They Know They're Altering Facts

"I think what bothers me so much of the time is they take the data and theory and distort it. They must know they're distorting."
-- Eugenie Scott, quoted from, Monica Lam, "Profile: Eugene Scott: Berkeley Scientist Leads Fight to Stop Teaching Of Creationism" (San Francisco Chronicle, February 7, 2003)

 
Victor Stenger: Meeting These Criteria

"Creationists contend that evolution can never be established since it was not witnessed by human observers. But then, neither have the early big bang and live dinosaurs been observed. Humans cannot observe electrons inside atoms or quarks inside atomic nuclei. Yet these are all phenomena that are (1) supported by events or processes that have been observed to occur, (2) useful in predicting the outcome of future natural phenomena or laboratory experiments, and (3) described by falsifiable theories. Certainly, evolution also meets Gish's criteria.... [It] was even falsifiable at the time Darwin and Wallace first made their proposal of the natural selection mechanism."
-- Victor J Stenger, Has Science Found God? (draft: 2001, pp. 48-9)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. (b. 1948)
US Vice-President (1993-2001), Presidential Candidate (2000)

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Al GoreThose who are quick to feel disrespected often have a spiritual vacuum in their lives, because they feel disconnected to the love of their Father in Heaven.
-- Al Gore, January 19, 1998, speech in Atlanta, blaming atheism for the troubles of the nation's African-American youth: the rate of atheism in America is rarely lower than it is among America's African-Americans! quoted from AANEWS #808 by American Atheists, August 28, 2000

I strongly believe in the separation of church and state. But freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion, there is a better way.
-- Al Gore, speech at a Salvation Army drug rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia, May, 1999, quoted from AANEWS #808 by American Atheists, August 28, 2000

I'm asking you in your sermons to do the work of the Lord here on earth. I ask for your help in getting that message out urgently tomorrow.
-- Al Gore, in a conference call with African-American ministers October 14, 2000, during which he discussed the need for their support in his campaign, quoted from The New York Times, October 15. The Times further remarked, "With the presidential election in a dead heat, Vice President Al Gore sought to mobilize his campaign's 'get out the vote' drive today by imploring black preachers to push for his election from their pulpits." Americans United director Barry Lynn reminded Gore that "federal tax law prohibits churches and other non-profit organizations from endorsing or oppose candidates for political office"; thus, Gore was asking the pastors to violate federal tax law.

I believe that the purpose of life is to glorify God.
-- Al Gore, October 23, 2000 campaign speech at the dedication of Potter's House, a new Pentecostal megachurch in Dallas, Texas, run by "Bishop" TD Jakes, a Promise Keepers spokesman and televangelist, in a service also attended by Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, quoted from Conrad Goeringer, AANEWS 836, October 23, 2000

The United States has an absolute, uncompromising commitment to Israel's security and an absolute conviction that Israel alone must decide the steps necessary to ensure that security. That is Israel's prerogative. We accept that. We endorse that. Whatever Israel decides cannot, will not, will never, not ever, alter our fundamental commitment to her security.
-- Al Gore, describing an idolatrous relationship, to be sure, and a deadly one, at that, addressing the powerful pro-Israeli Washington lobby, AIPAC, on May 18, 2000, quoted from, Ahdaf Soueif, "The Israelisation of America," (Al-Ahram Weekly: September 11-17, 2003)

We can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities, that we can be E Pluribus Unum -- Out of One, Many.
-- Al Gore, inverting the meaning of the original US Motto, "Out of many, One," in January, 1994, from a speech to the Institute of World Affairs in Milwaukee, quoted from Investor's Business Daily, October 25, 1996. E Pluribus Unum, the original US Motto, was developed by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams, and was replaced in 1957 with a lie: "In God We Trust" (not all of us trust gods).

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Hear Al Gore admit he's clueless about US history.
Gore points to busts of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Lafayette, and John Paul Jones, and asks, "Who are these people?"

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Johnson: Erroneous and Intolerant View

"Whether he intended to or not, Mr. Gore is unfairly connecting a lack of belief in a god with antisocial, criminal behavior. In those twenty-seven words, he just marginalized and insulted the ten percent of Americans -- over 26 million people -- who have no religious belief, and describe themselves as atheists, nonbelievers, freethinkers or skeptics of some kind.
     "Would he have made that sort of remark about any other minority group, such as Buddhists? They don't believe in the Vice President's god....
     "He is spreading an erroneous and intolerant view that in order to be a good person, one has to embrace a 'Father in Heaven.' We beg to differ. If he wants to end the deplorable conditions which entrap some youths into a life of gang violence, we need more schools, opportunity, and decent paying jobs -- not prayers."
-- Ellen Johnson, President, American Atheists, in response to Gore's January 19, 1998 speech in Atlanta where he said, "Those who are quick to feel disrespected often have a spiritual vacuum in their lives, because they feel disconnected to the love of their Father in Heaven." Quoted from AANEWS #808 by American Atheists, August 28, 2000.
 

Barrier: The Next 'Willie Horton'

"In effect, Gore is unwittingly characterizing a large segment of the US population as the next 'Willie Horton.' This is unfortunate and counterproductive to any dialogue between those who 'believe' and those who don't."
-- Ron Barrier, National Spokesperson for American Atheists, in response to Gore's January 19, 1998 speech in Atlanta where he said, "Those who are quick to feel disrespected often have a spiritual vacuum in their lives, because they feel disconnected to the love of their Father in Heaven." Quoted from AANEWS #808 by American Atheists, August 28, 2000.

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)William Franklin "Billy" Graham (b 1918)
American religious leader

Billy GrahamAs a Christian I have hope not just for this life but for Heaven and the life to come. And many of those people who died this past week are in Heaven right now. And they wouldn't want to come back; it's so glorious and so wonderful. And that's the hope for all of us who put our faith in God. I pray that you will have this hope in your heart.
-- Billy Graham, displaying the downside of belief in an afterlife, Graham mitigates the deaths of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, by suggesting that their deaths were ultimately for the best, although his use of the word many suggests that Graham believes some of the victims went to "the other place," in his speech at President Bush's proclaimed National Day of Prayer and Remembrance service at Washington's National Cathedral on Friday, September 14, 2001, as recorded by The New York Times

We are more united than ever before.
     I think this was exemplified in a very moving way when the members of our Congress stood shoulder to shoulder the other day and sang "God Bless America."
-- Billy Graham, showing the disdain for diversity that he has been urging upon US Presidents from Dwight D Eisenhower through George W Bush, in his speech at President Bush's proclaimed National Day of Prayer and Remembrance service at Washington's National Cathedral on Friday, September 14, 2001, as recorded by The New York Times

Billy GrahamWe never know when we too will be called into eternity. I doubt if even one of those people who got on those planes or walked into the World Trade Center or the Pentagon last Tuesday morning thought it would be the last day of their lives. They didn't -- it didn't occur to them. And that's why each of us needs to face our own spiritual need and commit ourselves to God and his will now.
-- Billy Graham, as with any funeral oration, Graham uses tragedy for the purpose of sending out an emotional "hook" which Graham has carefully and deliberately designed to prompt people, through their natural fear of the future and the uncertainty of life (newly awakened by the September 11 tragedy and now exploited by Graham) to join the Christian religion, in his speech at President Bush's proclaimed National Day of Prayer and Remembrance service at Washington's National Cathedral on Friday, September 14, 2001, as recorded by The New York Times

Only when Christ comes again will the little white children of Alabama walk hand in hand with little black children.
-- Billy Graham, in 1963, after Martin Luther King's historic March on Washington, in, Jon Meacham, "Pilgrim’s Progress," (Newsweek, August 14, 2006)

I have never talked publicly or privately about the Jewish people, including conversations with President Nixon, except in the most positive terms.
-- Billy Graham, in a May, 1994, statement denying H R Haldeman's claim in his published diaries that Graham carried on about "satanic Jews" in Nixon's presence, quoted by David Firestone in the New York Times (March 17, 2002), excerpted from Chris Basten, letter to Cliff Walker (March 22, 2002)

This is another step towards the secularization of the United States.... The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
-- Billy Graham, in response to the US Supreme Court's verdict in Engle v. Vitale (barring school-sponsored prayer), quoted from Robert E Nordlander, "Madalyn Murray O'Hair: The Making of a Modern Myth" (Freethought Today, November, 1988)

I go and I keep friends with [Abe] Rosenthal at the New York Times and people of that sort, you know. And all -- I mean, not all the Jews, but a lot of the Jews are great friends of mine, they swarm around me and are friendly to me because they know that I'm friendly with Israel. But they don't know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country. And I have no power, no way to handle them, but I would stand up if under proper circumstances.
-- Billy Graham, in a transcript of an Oval Office conversation with Richard Nixon from 1972, recently made public in March, 2002, by the National Archives, quoted by David Firestone in the New York Times (March 17, 2002), excerpted from Chris Basten, letter to Cliff Walker (March 22, 2002)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Rabbi Saadya Grama
Alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha, the renowned yeshiva in Lakewood, New Jersey

The difference between the people of Israel and the nations of the world is an essential one. The Jew by his source and in his very essence is entirely good. The goy, by his source and in his very essence is completely evil. This is not simply a matter of religious distinction, but rather of two completely different species.
-- Rabbi Saadya Grama, in his self-published book, published in Hebrew under the title Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut (2003), quoted from Allan Nadler, "Charedi Rabbis Rush To Disavow Anti-Gentile Book" (Forward: December 19, 2003)

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Pope Gregory I [Gregory the Great] (?-604)
Roman Catholic Pope, one of two to be called 'the Great'

I despise the proper constructions and cases, because I think it very unfitting that the words of the celestial oracle should be restricted by the rules of Donatus [a well-known grammarian].
-- Gregory the Great, showing his disdain for human learning -- even learning how to write! -- in Charles Homer Haskins, The Renaissance of the 12th Century (1927), p. 223, quoted from Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History

The people will have no need to change their place of concourse; where of old they were wont to sacrifice cattle to demons, thither let them continue to resort on the day of the Saint to whom the Church is dedicated, and slay their beasts, no longer as a sacrifice to demons, but for a social meal in honour of Him whom they now worship.
-- Gregory the Great, to Augustine of Canterbury, showing that it was the appearance of conversion to Christianity that mattered, not any actual change in the way people acted or even in the way they saw God, in Jeffrey Burton Russell, A History of Medieval Christianity (1968), p. 92, quoted from Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Pope Gregory VII (1020?-1085)
Roman Catholic Pope, one of Roman Catholicism's best-loved Popes

Cursed be the man who holds back his sword from shedding blood.
-- Pope Gregory VII, inspiring the Crusaders, in Malachi Martin, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church (1981), p. 134, quoted from Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Pope Gregory XVI (1765-1846)
Roman Catholic Pope, intransigent opponent of liberalism in all its forms, devoted remorselessly to the repression of rebellion

Pope Gregory XVI, wearing his pointy hat and giving the two-fingered thumb and forefinger doohinkyFrom the most foul well of indifferentism flows that absurd and erroneous opinion, or rather delirium, of liberty of conscience.
-- Gregory XVI, Encyclical, "Mirari Vos" (1832), quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

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‘The Scream’ by Edward Munch (This image is in the public domain.)Bernard Gui
Christian inquisitor

[The layman must not argue with the unbeliever, but] thrust his sword into the man's belly as far as it will go.
-- Bernard Gui, quoted in Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History

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