Talk about a close competition! This is what I mean about quality vs. quantity -- nominate the REALLY good quotes, and they will get voted for! It gives me great pleasure, first of all, to announce the winner of the Atheist Quote of the Month contest for September, with ten votes . . .

CHIB!!

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"Perhaps atheists will spend a lot less time talking about god when we have our own meeting places on every other corner, when our organizations are tax-exempt, when our slogans are printed on your money, when we elect a president (or any other leader) who understands science, when those idiotic little fish disappear, when organ donor cards no longer have a blank space for religion, when holidays commemorate great ideas instead of mythological beings, when newspapers devote a weekly section to atheism, when people stop saying "God bless you" every time we sneeze, when we open a motel room drawer and find a copy of Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History Of Time", when pimple-faced kids stop coming to our houses on Saturday mornings to 'save' us, when...."

Written by Chib

Congratulations to our winner. As to our runners-up -- it was a very close race!! Liz tallies in at 9 votes, and Conrad Knauer and Skeptic X share third-place honors with 8 apiece. Wow! Congratulations to all of them.

Here is the voting record. Keep those nominations coming!

--1--
"Fundies seem to think that the only way of knowing something is to experience it firsthand; a strange contradiction since they've only met their god in a book..."

Written by Conrad Knauer
Nominated by raven1, seconded by Red Celt

VOTES 8

HR Gruemm
raven1
Magyck
Yang Hu
Mark Richardson
Carl Funk
Gregory Greenman
Roy Thearle

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--2--
"The hard way out is facing your fears head-on, with no IPU standing behind you to cushion your fall. The hard way out is to sweat and dream and scream and bleed, and come out of facing your fears all in one piece. Many people don't believe in *god*. They face their fears all on their own and are better people for it."

Written by Maddeline Hatteur

Nominated by Aaron Spielman, seconded by John Popelish

VOTES 1

Angelico

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--3--
"You can go off and delude yourself all you want, but when you start threatening nonbelievers, when you start damaging the education systems, when you start considering the evil and horror bestowed upon humankind by your religious beliefs in the past and you refuse to accept any responsibility for them, that's when things get a bit scary in the real world of which you and I are a part."

Written by Dan Fake

Nominated by Angelico, seconded by Tukla Ratte

VOTES 2

Charles Ward
Tom Stoudt

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--4--
"Worshipping a god out of fear is the same as a slave placating his master by being submissive."

Written by Aaron Spielman

Nominated by Czar, seconded by Chris Izzo

VOTES 2

Darryl L. Pierce
Dan McEwen

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--5--
"If I do have a religion, it's unique in that it's the only one based in logical thought and reason, and not unfounded superstitious faith in magical beings."

Written by John Hattan

Nominated by Elroy Willis, seconded by Mark

VOTES 1

Peter Gavin

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--6--
"It is amazing how few religers actually sit down and decide for themselves what the "book of punishment" is all about. Whenever you quote one of the atrocities their deity commits, they will turn around and say, "But god is just." Never mind fictionally drowning millions, the important part is how "good" the deity is for doing it. The depth of fear installed by this monster's parasites (preachers) is a human disgrace. They take advantage of the "masses" and fill their heads with fear and punishment, just to propagate the institution of fear-based religion."

Written by Stephen Knight

Nominated by Dan Fake, seconded by Elroy Willis

VOTES 1
Keith Brannen

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--7--
"You are right about that "curse and control" stuff though. It is a large part of how shamen, priests and that lot convince people to believe them. It is probably why "believers" fear atheists so much. They just can't seem to be able to cope with those that are uninfluenced by their "magic"."

Written by Joe Zawadowski

Nominated by erikc, seconded by Aaron Spielman

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--8--
"So, the Xian fundies want to slap the 10 commandments on the wall. I guess our school kids have a real problem with committing adultery and carving idols during school hours."

Written by Dr. Monkeyspank

Nominated by Medival Knievil, seconded by Dave Holloway

VOTES 2
DarkAngel
Jeff Heidman

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--9--
"As the status quo for the vast majority of two millennia in the Western World, Christianity has enjoyed unquestionable preeminence, cultural universality, and at times even the merciless state-enforced oppression of dissenters. Christians have become so used to a climate of social dominance and impunity many of them seem to think their civil liberties are being violated when they are encouraged to stop infringing upon the civil liberties of others. Just like a bully who's outraged because the position of someone else's nose has become a messy *imposition* upon his right to freely swing his fist."

Written by Skeptic X

Nominated by Mongo76, seconded by CTTheGreat

VOTES 8
Michelle Martin
Frank Wustner
Mike
Brian King
Victor Danilchenko
Mongo76
The Jester
Tim Schultz

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--10--
(Replying to MrGoodsalt:)
"In my opinion the reverse is true. You are in a way spiritually dead to me because of your delusions. They prevent you from seeing what the world and it's people really are."

Written by Mark Gradwell

Nominated by Nemo, seconded by Joe Zawadowski

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--11--
"What's this I hear about murals in the atheist worldview? Why can't they just write pamphlets, articles and books like other groups? And, what kind of murals would they paint, anyway - a picture of that Robert Inkersaul fella? What did he write, anyway? Did he ever sell a story to the Saturday Evening post? Heh? Atheist murals, huh? And, what about... What's that? Morals? Are you sure?
"...Never mind. :)"

Written by Michelle Malkin

Nominated by Landis Ragon, seconded by Charles Ward

VOTES 3
Landis Ragon
Eileen
Ed Stoebenau

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--12--
(In response to:)
>>Why does it seem they always resort to irrational name-calling when put >>to the test? Because they do not have the answers; they cannot have the >>answers.
"Actually, it's because we have had to answer the same question a zillion times. Think of it this way: this newsgroup is kinda like a car, and we atheists are the drivers. The theists who come in are like the small children in the back seat saying "are we there yet" ten thousand times in a row. No matter what we say to them, they ask the exact same question. I dare you to not get a little irate in a similar situation."

Written by Jessica Wolfman

Nominated by raven1, seconded by Dan McEwen

VOTES 2
Michael Nash
Mike Smith

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--13--
"Perhaps atheists will spend a lot less time talking about god when we have our own meeting places on every other corner, when our organizations are tax-exempt, when our slogans are printed on your money, when we elect a president (or any other leader) who understands science, when those idiotic little fish disappear, when organ donor cards no longer have a blank space for religion, when holidays commemorate great ideas instead of mythological beings, when newspapers devote a weekly section to atheism, when people stop saying "God bless you" every time we sneeze, when we open a motel room drawer and find a copy of Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History Of Time", when pimple-faced kids stop coming to our houses on Saturday mornings to 'save' us, when...."

Written by Chib

Nominated by Nemo, seconded by Maria Elena

VOTES 10
Liz
Senebyte
Nemo
Graham Wanless
Leon Workman
Paul the Wall
Maria Elena
Fish
Tukla Ratte
Frank

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--14--
(In response to:)
> Yes, well maybe I do find it attractive, but that's because I find it > logical. I don't know why!
"If you don't know why you find it logical, you don't find it logical."

Written by Michael

Nominated by Colin Day, seconded by Sylvan Korvus

VOTES 1
Decimal

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--15--
"Christianity still practices virtual cannibalism by eating their GodŽ's body and drinking his blood during their rituals. They also venerate his execution by placing its depiction in a prominent position in their sanctuaries. Worshipers even go so far as to wear a miniature of the murder weapon as a necklace. Then, they have the temerity to complain about the violence depicted on television."

Written by Liz

Nominated by Stephen Knight, seconded by Chani

VOTES 9
George Ricker
Treelo
Elroy Willis
Electric MessiahX
DJ Nozem
John Hattan
Stoney
Diem Marshall
Dave Holloway

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--16--
"Atheist: not theist
Theist: someone who believes in some kind of god
Agnostic: person who's not sure (or doesn't want to be killed by some theist)
Deist: thinks god exists but doesn't give a damn"

Written by TF

Nominated by Eric99gt, seconded by Petteri Sulonen

VOTES 1
Eric99gt

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