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Today’s Quotes: On Faith

“Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”
— Ambrose Bierce

“Faith is powerful enough to immunize people against all appeals to pity, to forgiveness, to decent human feelings. It even immunizes them against fear, if they honestly believe that a martyr’s death will send them straight to heaven.”
— Richard Dawkins, “The Selfish Gene.”

“A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.”
— Demosthenes, “Third Olynthiac,” (349 BCE).

“Faith: Not wanting to know what is true.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.”
— Alan Watts

“Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.”
— R. Buckminster Fuller

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” […] “No Pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
— Helen Keller

“Well, I would have to say as a Christian that I believe any belief system, any world view, whether it’s Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of satanic power.”
— Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and host of the daily Christian radio show The Albert Mohler Program, on March 17, 2006, as quoted by Media Matters.

“Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.”
— Eric Hoffer

“He prayed, ‘Lord God, let us be the kind of Christians that you would be if you were a Christian.’ ”
— Sinclair Lewis, from his novel, “The God-Seeker” (1949).

“I would rather live with unanswered questions than unquestioned answers.”
— Valarie Tarico

“In his book ‘The Psychic Mafia,’ [M. Lamar] Keene tells of a psychic medium named Raoul. Some people still believed that Raoul was genuine even after he openly admitted that he was a fake. Keene wrote ‘I knew how easy it was to make people believe a lie, but I didn’t expect the same people, confronted with the lie, would choose it over the truth. … No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie.’ ”
— Wikipedia entry for ‘True-Believer Syndrome.’

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Quotes with a Holiday Punch

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few his precepts!
O! ’tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.”
— Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1757.

“Jesus wasn’t a Christian, and he never preached in a church. He was also a drinker, and liked to hang out with sinners. We think of him very highly in the Church of Stop Shopping. We put him right up there with Lenny Bruce.”
— Reverend Billy

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
— Lenny Bruce

“To hear many religious people talk, one would think God created the torso, head, legs and arms, but the devil slapped on the genitals.”
— Don Schrader

“Christian fundamentalism: The doctrine that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe-spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life.”
— Andrew Lias

“The problem with fundamentalists insisting on a literal interpretation of the Bible is that the meaning of words change. A prime example is ‘Spare the rod, spoil the child.’ A rod was a stick used by shepherds to guide their sheep to go in the desired direction. Shepherds did not use it to beat their sheep. The proper translation of the saying is ‘Give your child guidance, or they will go astray.’ It does not mean ‘Beat the sh*t out of your child or he will become rotten’ as many fundamentalist parents seem to believe.”
— Author Unknown

“I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?'”
— Annie Dillard

“Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish.”
— Author Unknown

“Christianity is not a religion; it’s an industry.”
— Author Unknown

“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

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The News Pauper: The Day After Ft. Hood

By W.B. Dunne

The News Pauper grieves to be reminded, along with everyone else, that despicable acts of violence have no boundaries. First, we all should acknowledge and absorb what it must feel like today on that base. As large as it is, anyone who has stayed on a military base for any length of time can tell you that it has a tendency to be as insular a community as has ever been fashioned for human beings to live in. The individual is charged with a single mission, to support the others, as in no other community, and that extends to the families of the soldier. The entire group is feeling very traumatizedmore so than at any time these eight long years. This latest event, and its scale, and its location, shows us an opportunity to point out the path weve been on and who took us down that path, but even more importantly, do we not sympathize with the loss the families of those at Ft. Hood are experiencing?

There is no surprise when our news-holes sink their teeth into a story like this and start to make the attempt to fit it into their script. If it bleeds it leads. Personally, I am happy to hear that the shooter has survived. I predict we will hear a tale of a mental breakdown, of the inability to take a step back and say, “I shouldnt shoot these people.” It might give some insight into what is wrong with the way we deal with every event like this to hear the story of why from the shooters own mouth. No way will there ever be an opportunity given to anyone to stray from the script thoughif an event cant be made into a TV show, it never happened.

There will be the typical exploitation of the facts of this case on the typical standardized model. We all know it is coming. The decades of desensitizing have turned the world into a wasteland. Eventually we all became zombies for a daily dose of somebody elses trauma. Do the architects of this evil feel any remorse for the harm they have done to a group that once carried the moniker, HUMANITY? Do the ones that profit from the chaos ever feel any regret? The News Pauper is not an overtly religious man; he wishes that there were a god, or any number of gods, that could be petitioned to redress this one prevailing issue. However, empiricism dictates that only through the flesh can any god act in our cause, which is gods way of saying ‘do it yourself.’

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