"The most preposterous notion that #$%$ sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history."
~Robert A. Heinlein
"Praying to god is flattering one self into thinking that with words we can change all of nature."
"A world that can be explained even with bad reasons is a familiar world. But, on the other hand, in a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land. This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity."
"The difference between faith and insanity is that faith is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence whereas insanity is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence."
This 'crime' called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves.
Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, "Yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down. Amen!" If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it.
They scorn all possessions without distinction and treat them as community property. They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So, if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time.
--Lucian of Samosta on the followers of the new religion, Christianity
Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect that core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit with the core belief.
That which can be destroyed by the truth, should be.
What are you doing on this board?? Don't you know that Obama is coming to confiscate all of your guns? Shouldn't you be standing to post on the compound walls or hunkering down in a bunker or something?
"The difference between faith and insanity is that faith is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence whereas insanity is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence." ----William Harwood
And we can apply it to current events...
"The difference between a tard's condemnation of Bush's deficits and debt (albeit not good and for sure not the pinnacle of the Gingrich surpluses) and a tard's commendation of bonobo's deficits and debts (over 4 times worse than Bush's) and destruction of the US economy is that a tard's faith in bonobo is holding firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence whereas insanity is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence." ---- S Evil