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St. Paul's views were emphasized and exaggerated by the early Church; celibacy was considered holy and men retired into the desert to wrestle with Satan while he filled their imaginations with lustful visions. Bertrand Russell
Missionaries may argue that the superiority of the Christian code is known by revelation. The philosopher however, must observe that other religions make the same claim . . . the Manicheans thought it wicked to eat any animal food except fish, but many sects have considered this exception an abomination. The Dukhobors refused military service, but held it proper to dance naked all together round a camp fire; being persecuted for the former tenet in Russia, they emigrated to Canada, where they were persecuted for the latter. The Mormons had a divine revelation in favor of polygamy, but under pressure from the United States Government they discovered that the revelation was not binding. Bertrand Russell
The commonest objection to birth control is that it is against 'nature.' (For some reason we are not allowed to say that celibacy is against nature; the only reason I can think of is that it is not new.) Malthus saw only three ways of keeping down the population: moral restraint, vice, and misery. Moral restraint, he admitted, was not likely to be practiced on a large scale. 'Vice,' i.e., birth control, he, as a clergyman, viewed with abhorrence. There remained misery. In his comfortable parsonage, he contemplated the misery of the great majority of mankind with equanimity, and pointed out the fallacies of the reformers who hoped to alleviate it. Bertrand Russell
Man - a creature made at the end of the week's work when God was tired. Mark Twain
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. Mark Twain
Public opinion is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God. Mark Twain
The Christian's Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes. Mark Twain
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer. Mark Twain
Sacred cows make the best hamburger. Mark Twain
A Church guard must mind his keys and pews.