Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Eight Hours Must Come

A familiar theme among theists is that atheists somehow have nothing to live for so therefore can contribute nothing to society. To those who enjoy the eight hour workday, certainly not a historical precedent in this country, you may thank the wonderful Robert G. Ingersoll. It is quite comical that those who profess family values generally support the Corporatists and their greed and Fascism. Prior to the push by Ingersoll, workdays of much longer than eight hours were quite common. Not having time to spend with your family is certainly not a family value. Of course, our fine pResident Dubya described a woman working herself to the bone with more than one job to support her family as "uniquely American". As our economy is decimated by greed, family values will be further eroded as the economic pressures placed upon families can only lead to more domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse. While both parents work long hours just to keep afloat, the children will suffer the most. We have the "Values Voters" to thank, with their insistence that the wedge issue of abortion is the only plank on their platform. Perhaps one day most will realize that abortion will never be made illegal in this country, for then those voters will not be spurred to vote for the criminals who champion their cause.

Robert Ingersoll's Eight Hours Must Come

A sample of some quotes by Ingersoll:

"We have heard talk enough. We have listened to all the drowsy, idealess, vapid sermons that we wish to hear. We have read your Bible and the works of your best minds. We have heard your prayers, your solemn groans and your reverential amens. All these amount to less than nothing. We want one fact. We beg at the doors of your churches for just one little fact. We pass our hats along your pews and under your pulpits and implore you for just one fact. We know all about your mouldy wonders and your stale miracles. We want a this year's fact. We ask only one. Give us one fact for charity. Your miracles are too ancient. The witnesses have been dead for nearly two thousand years."

"The doctrine that future happiness depends upon belief is monstrous. It is the infamy of infamies. The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason, observation and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for refutation, and can be relieved only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance, called "faith." What man, who ever thinks, can believe that blood can appease God? And yet, our entire system of religion is based upon that belief. The Jews pacified Jehovah with the blood of animals, and according to the Christian system, the blood of Jesus softened the heart of God a little, and rendered possible the salvation of a fortunate few. It is hard to conceive how the human mind can give assent to such terrible ideas, or how any sane man can read the Bible and still believe in the doctrine of inspiration."

The source of these quotes is Positive Atheism, which has many more great quotes and a random quote generator.

Positive Atheism's List of Quotes

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