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Today’s Quotes: A Short Sunday Sermon

“Over the centuries, we’ve moved on from Scripture to accumulate precepts of ethical, legal and moral philosophy. We’ve evolved a liberal consensus of what we regard as underpinnings of decent society, such as the idea that we don’t approve of slavery or discrimination on the grounds of race or sex, that we respect free speech and the rights of the individual. All of these things that have become second nature to our morals today owe very little to religion, and mostly have been won in opposition to the teeth of religion.”
— Richard Dawkins, quoted by Natalie Angier in “Confessions of a Lonely Atheist,” New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2001.

“Wherever God erects a house of prayer,
The Devil always builds a chapel there;
And ’twill be found, upon examination,
The latter has the largest congregation.”
— Daniel Defoe, “The True-Born Englishman” (1701), from the Encarta Book of Quotations (1999).

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
— Anne Lamott

Today’s Quotes: Palin Beyond the Pale

“More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of [Sarah] Palins extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of ‘narcissistic personality disorder’ in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders‘a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy’and thought it fit her perfectly. When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trigs condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in Gods, and signed it ‘Trigs Creator, Your Heavenly Father.’ ”
— Todd S. Purdum, “It Came From Wasilla,” Vanity Fair, August 2009 issue.

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
— Anne Lamott

“To flip Anne Lamott’s quote a little; you can be pretty sure you’ve created God in your own image when you just know God loves you no matter what horrors you’ve committed.”
— Anonymous