Atheist Centre 50+ Golden Jubilee (1940-1990)
International Conference on
"Future of Atheism -- Humanism"
Vijayawada, December 29-31, 1990
[OCR, HTML, editing, Cliff Walker]

[Breaking Fetters]
Robert G. Ingersoll

We are not endeavouring to chain the future, but to free the present. We are not forging fetters for our children but we are breaking those our fathers made for us.

We are the advocates of inquiry, of investigation and thought. We do not pretend to have circumnavigated everything, or to have solved all difficulties, but we do believe it is better to love men than to fear gods; that it is grander and nobler to think and investigate for yourself than to repeat a creed.

We know that doing away with gods and supernatural persons and powers is not an end. It is a means to an end, and that real end is the happiness of mankind.