Cheers for HNN (Humanist News Network)
HNN is a weekly Internet magazine produced by the American Humanist Association. A typical edition of HNN contains news, opinion, lifestyle pieces cartoons and humor…just like a regular newspaper except each piece addresses the nonreligious philosophy of humanism. HNN articles are written by the staff and a variety of guest writers. HNN is published every Wednesday. (from HNN web page)
I have known about HNN for many years but read it only periodically. I have changed my ways and promise to read it regularly because it is informative and even humorous. The following item published by them recently blew me away. I hope you like it as well as I did.
Top Ten Scary Quotes by the Religious Right
Last week, HNN editor Maggie Ardiente put out a call for the scariest quotes ever made by leaders of the Religious Right in history … and we received dozens of suggestions! Thanks to everyone who participated.
Here are the top ten scary-but-true quotes made by religious conservatives in America:
10. “It is not possible for there ever, in the United States of America, to be a separation between God and government because God is the source of every single right which government has a sacred duty to protect … not a single one of our unalienable rights will be safe in the hands of a president who believes that we evolved from slime and we are the descendants of apes and baboons … look at the nation states in the 20th century which rejected the creator God of the Judeo-Christian tradition – Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, Communist China. The one thing all of these secular states share in common is dead bodies.” Bryan Fischer, American Family Association
9. “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.” Ann Coulter
8. “The ‘wall of separation between church and state’ is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.” William Rehnquist
7. “The message of the Declaration of Independence is under attack from the ACLU and atheists because it refuted the lie about a constitutional mandate for ‘separation of church and state.’ Atheists have filed numerous lawsuits in the courts of activist judges to try to eliminate our right to acknowledge God in public places, in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and in Ten Commandments monuments. The atheists are trying to change American history, expunge all reference to religion from textbooks and make us a completely secular nation. History proves America was founded by religious men who believed that a divine Creator is basic to good government.” Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum
6. “Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the Ten Commandments.” – Sarah Palin
5. “If you say God scattered Israel, Jews will really be offended. They go, ‘Oh, God scattered us?’ Uh huh. ‘Well, I thought the evil guys did.’ Well, you are under the discipline of God because of your perversion and sin.” Mike Bickle, International House of Prayer
4. “We took the Bible and prayer out of public schools, and now we’re having weekly shootings practically. We had the 60s sexual revolution, and now people are dying of AIDS.” Christine O’Donnell
3. “Atheists are parasites in the sense that they are benefiting from everything that religious culture has built in America, but they are doing nothing to add energy into the system.” Rabbi Daniel Lapin, American Alliance of Jews and Christians
2. “AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.” Jerry Falwell
1. “I don’t know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.” George H. W. Bush
I thought the opinions expressed in this news item were amazing dumb as I’m sure you do. I find it difficult to believe these individuals are serious. Their statements were based upon their political and religious bias. The tragic element here is that there are so many who sincerely believe these statements without question.