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Interesting quotes:

On topics from: Sex to Theology

(No pun or disrespect are intended.
It just turned out this way, again......honest!)

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Included are quotes on: Resistance to unjust government actions,
salvation, Satan, science, separation of church and state, sex,
slavery, stress, theft, and theology.

These topics are continued from the previous list.

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Sex:

bullet Richard Dawkins: "Who will say with confidence that sexual abuse is more permanently damaging to children then threatening them with the eternal and unquenchable fires of Hell

bullet Alfred Kinsey: "The only unnatural sexual act is that which you cannot perform."

bullet Daniel C. Maguire, Theologian: "[The Vatican’s] 'better-dead-than-condomed' position has not been blessed by any of the world’s religions or by common sense. It is flat-earth embarrassing."

bullet Pat Robertson: On the 700 Club, 1991-APR-9: "[Planned Parenthood] ... is teaching kids to fornicate, teaching people to have adultery, every kind of bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism-everything that the Bible condemns. "

bullet Father Felice Ruffini, Vatican aide on pastoral care: "Psychological terrorism." (He was responding to groups who hold the church is partly responsible for the spread of AIDS because of its stance on the use of condoms.)

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Sin:

bullet Mohandas K. Gandhi: "There are seven deadly sins in the world: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without faith, and politics without principle."

bullet Marlene Winell: "How many times have you heard that Christ died for you for your sins? This is a heavy responsibility, especially for children. The guilty induction can vary in intensity, depending how the message is presented, but the bottom line is that the Son of God had to come to Earth and die a horrible death because of our failings." 1

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Slavery:

bullet We have so many quotes that we transferred them to a separate list.

Spanking:

bullet Anon: "Spankings do for a child's development what fistfights between spouses do for a marriage."

bullet The Bible, Proverbs 23:14. The authorship is traditionally attributed to King Solomon: "Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

bullet Sharon "I have heard terrible stories of children becoming spoiled, drug using, atheists if they aren't spanked."

bullet Dr. Ralph Welsh: "...it is now apparent that the recidivist male delinquent who was never struck with a belt, board, extension cord, fist, or an equivalent is virtually nonexistent."

bullet More quotes on corporal punishment.

Spirituality:

bullet Albert Einstein: "The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge."

bullet M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a Sufi prophet: "When the pond of the heart is full, then all of creation can come and partake of its clear water. If it is shallow, then all who come to drink will stir the mud and have nothing but dirty water to drink."

bullet Michael Shermer: "If spirituality is the sense of awe and humility in the face of the creation, what could be more awesome and humbling than the deep space discovered by Hubble and the cosmologists, and the deep time discovered by Darwin and the evolutionists."

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Stress:

bullet E.H. Chapin: "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls."

bullet President Harry S. Truman: "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen" 2

Theft:

bullet Bishop Desmond Tutu: "When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land."

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Theology:

bullet Amusing comments by anonymous children:

"The seventh commandment is 'thou shalt not admit adultery.'"
"Paul preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage."
"One of the opossums was St. Matthew."
"Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol."
"Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption."
"A Christian should have only one wife. This is called monotony."
"The Jews had trouble throughout their history with the unsympathetic Genitals."
"Lot's wife was a pillar of salt by day and a ball of fire by night."
"Moses went to the top of Mt. Cyanide to get the 10 commandments."
"Unleavened bread is bread made without ingredients."
"Solomon had 300 wives and 700 porcupines." 3

[Actually, Solomon is recorded as having 700 wives and 300 concubines.]

bullet Jimmy Carter: "I would describe fundamentalism as, first of all, a movement led almost invariably by authoritarian males who consider themselves to be superior to others and who have an overwhelming commitment to subjugate women and to dominate their fellow believers." 4

bullet Albert Ellis: "Religious creeds encourage some of the craziest kinds of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and favor severe manifestations of neurosis, borderline personality states, and sometimes even psychosis." 

bullet Gustavo Gutiérrez: "Theology is reflection, a critical attitude. The commitment of love, of service, comes first. Theology follows; it is the second step." 5

bullet Calvin & Hobbes: (cartoon characters): "It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning."

bullet Carl Sagan: "You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep seated need to believe."

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This topic is continued in the next essay
with topics ranging from Sin to Theology

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Footnotes:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Marlene Winell, "Leaving the Fold," New Harbinger, (1993), Page 69. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
  2. There is a debate over whether a period should appear after the "S" in Truman's name. When he was born, his parents could not decide on a middle name. So they gave him a simple "S" to represent his two grandfathers: Shipp and Solomon. We follow The Chicago Manual of Style and the U.S. Government Printing Office's Style Manual which state that the period should be used.
  3. From The National Review, 1996-DEC-31.
  4. Jimmy Carter, "Back to Fundamentals," The Christian Century, 2005-SEP-30, Pages 32 to 35. Online at: http://religion-online.org/ Quotation is from a speech by Carter at a Baptist World Alliance conference in Birmingham, England.
  5. From Gustavo Gutiérrez' book: "Essential Writings."

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