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Quotes by Mark Twain on Religion
We despise all reverences and all the objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our own list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us. Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion--several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight.
I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the "lower animals" so called and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. What's the use you learning to do right, when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same? To string incongruities and absurdities together in a wandering and sometimes purposeless way, and seem innocently unaware that they are absurdities, is the basis of the American art, if my position is correct. The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn't indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn't detect.
GOD. All gods quote. All gods are better than their reputation. - inscription dated Letter to sister Pamela, quoted in The Love Letters of Mark Twain (undated).
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I once used that final Mark Twain quote in a debate I had with a Muslim friend. I simply rephrased it to read: "It's not the parts of the Qur'an that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. So you used an old saying to express creative religious bigotry with someone who was clearly no friend and probably was just made up for your story. All we can take away from that rant was that you're a religious bigot whose proud of your own prejudice. David, you got it wrong. An Atheist is someone who has read the holy books, examined the claims and found it to be ridiculous. If some evidence appeared that proved in a creator an atheist would examine the evidence and change his mind.