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Message to American Atheists - Christopher Hitchens - AA Conference, via Pharyngula - RichardDawkins.net
"The cheap name for this lethal delusion is religion, & we must learn new ways of combating it in the public sphere, just as we have learned to free ourselves of it in private.<br />
Our weapons are the ironic mind against the literal: the open mind against the credulous; the courageous pursuit of truth against the fearful & abject forces who would set limits to investigation…Perhaps above all, we affirm life over the cults of death & human sacrifice & are afraid, not of inevitable death, but rather of a human life that is cramped & distorted by the pathetic need to offer mindless adulation, or the dismal belief that the laws of nature respond to wailings & incantations.<br />
As the heirs of a secular revolution, American atheists have a special responsibility to defend & uphold the Constitution that patrols the boundary btwn Church & State. This, too, is an honor and a privilege…"
atheism  christopherhitchens  death  religion  secularism  us  policy  jefferson  belief  2011  constitution  law  separationofchurchandstate  church  state 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Thomas Jefferson - Wikiquote
"I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give."
via:preoccupations  jefferson  thomasjefferson  simplicity  freedom  books  family  food  austerity  society 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Thomas Jefferson Education - Leadership Education
"After reading A Thomas Jefferson Education, I realized that I was one of those who received this type of education. What do I mean by "conveyor-belt" education? Oliver Van DeMille states there are three types of education."
homeschool  education  learning  curriculum  jefferson  history  classics  books  leadership 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Jefferson - The 51st State - Northern California / Southern Oregon - A State of Mind
As advertised on our drive north: "Day by day, evidence piles up demonstrating that California government is not only broken, it has become destructive to our future. The recent failure of the Legislature to negotiate a budget, in the direst of circumstances, is just another straw on the camel’s already-broken back.
california  government  oregon  politics  secession  jeffersonstate  jefferson  micronations  stateofjefferson  libertarian 
june 2007 by robertogreco

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