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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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Epicurus
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
 
George Bernard Shaw
The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
 
Friedrich Nietzsche
Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
 
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
 
Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?
 
Frank Lloyd Wright
I believe in God, only I spell it "Nature".
 
Gene Roddenberry
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
 
Isaac Asimov
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
 
If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
 
Properly read, the bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived.
 
Mark Twain
A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.
 
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
 
It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
 
Seneca the Younger
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
 
Woody Allen
Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends.
 
If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
 
Edward Abbey
Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
 

 
Doug McLeod
I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
 
Abu'-Ala al Ma'arri
The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
 
Susan B.Anthony
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
 
Delos B.McKeown
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
 
Francis Bacon
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.
 
Richard Dawkins
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
 

 
Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.
 
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
 
Karen Armstrong
A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect, he becomes a being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all-knowing tyrant is not so different from earthly dictators who make everything and everybody mere cogs in the machine which they control. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified
 
Ludwig Feuerbach
It is not as in the Bible, that God created man in his own image. But, on the contrary, man created God in his own image.
 
Bill Hicks
People ask me what I think about that woman priest thing. What, a woman priest? Women priests. Great, great. Now there's priests of both sexes I don't listen to.
 
Matthew Arnold
All the biblical miracles will at last disappear with the progress of science.
 
Christopher Hitchens
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
 
George W.Foote
It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.
 
Stephen Roberts
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
 
Richard A.Weatherwax
You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate. By the way, how's Granny?
 
Steve Buscemi (in the movie "The Island")
What's "God"? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God's the guy that ignores you.
 
Rick Reynolds
As far as I can tell from studying the scriptures, all you do in heaven is pretty much just sit around all day and praise the Lord. I don't know about you, but I think that after the first, oh, I don't know, 50,000,000 years of that I'd start to get a little bored.
 

 
Don Hirschberg
Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color.
 
Bryan Emmanuel Gutierrez
God should be executed for crimes against humanity.
 
Geoff Mather
To say that atheism requires faith is as dim-witted as saying that disbelief in pixies or leprechauns takes faith. Even if Einstein himself told me there was an elf on my shoulder, I would still ask for proof and I wouldn't be wrong to ask.
 
Voltaire
Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
 
Bertrand Russell
And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.
 
Dan Fouts
I'm a polyatheist - there are many gods I don't believe in.
 
David Stevens
A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it.
 
Robert A.Heinlein
Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
 
Douglas Adams
I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.
 
People will then often say 'But surely it's better to remain an Agnostic just in case?' This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it (if it turns out that I've been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would choose not to worship him anyway).
 
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
 
William Drummond
He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
 

 
Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney
Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.
 
Sigmund Freud
When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.
 
Steven Weinberg
They felt that science would be corrosive to religious belief and they were worried about it. Damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive to religious belief and it's a good thing.
 
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
 
Robert G.Ingersoll
Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.
 
Giulian Buzila
History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god.
 
George Carlin
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
 
James Morrow
"There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes.
 
John Buchan
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
 
David Viaene
Gods don't kill people. People with Gods kill people.
 
Alexandre Dumas
If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself.
 
Sam Harris
Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma.
 
Clarence Darrow
I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.
 
Annie Wood Besant
No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.
 
Mike Fuhrman
I refuse to believe in a god who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to hell if I'm 'bad'.
 

 
Frater Ravus
Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions.
 
Penn Jillette
Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.
 
Chapman Cohen
Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
 
Robert A.Ingersoll
The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it.
 
Robert Pirsig
When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.
 
Azura Skye
I wonder who got the shit job of scouring the planet for the 15,000 species of butterfly or the 8,800 species of ant they eventually took on board Noah's Ark. But at least we got that magical rainbow for all their trouble.
 

 
Tracey-Anne Entwhistle
Oh .. my .. God! (just kiddin'!)
 
Jim Crawford
Man has always required an explanation for all of those things in the world he did not understand. If an explanation was not available, he created one.
 
James Madison
What has been Christianity's fruits? Superstition, Bigotry and Persecution.
 
Penn & Teller
The characters and events depicted in the damn bible are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
 
Mark Fairclough
If god is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, knows what has passed and what is to come like it states in the bible, why do people pray and think it will make any difference?
 
Karl Marx
Religion is the opiate of the masses.
 
Ronnie Snow
Animals do not have gods, they are smarter than that.
 
Daniel Boorstin
I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.
 
Thomas Edison
I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake. Religion is all bunk.
 
David Constable
Fundamentalism, of any type, due to its prerequisite lack of intelligent thought, could prove to be the worst weapon of mass destruction, of all.
 
Alexander Loutsis
To really be free, you need to be free in the mind.
 
Jack Pritchard
Religion is like a virus that affects the behaviour of its host in such a way as to propagate itself further.
 
Thomas Hobbs
Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole without chewing.
 
Steven Crocker
Today's religion will be the future's mythology. Both believed at one time by many; but proved wrong by the clever.
 
Ambrose Bierce
Christian: one who thinks the New Testament a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbour.
 
Archbishop Tutu
When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray", and we closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.
 
Anonymous
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
 
Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going?
 
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
 
Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the creator of human intelligence.
 
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.
 

 
Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea.
 
A believer states everything must have a creator but fails to say how the creator was created.
 
If all the Christians who have called other Christians "not really a Christian" were to vanish, there'd be no Christians left.
 
Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power but absolute power is corrupt only in the hands of the absolutely faithful.
 
I have no need for religion, I have a conscience.
 
The finality of death is the coldest truth one must face. Religion makes the perfect distraction.
 
Atheists will celebrate life, while you're in church celebrating death.
 
Most religions prophesy the end of the world and then consistently work together to ensure that these prophecies come true.
 

 
Jesus hardly made the greatest sacrifice. He knew he would be resurrected anyway.
 
The Bible - a fairytale book of rules, brainwashing millions. Obliviously used to help create war, kill, hate, judge and discriminate.
 
On the first day, man created God.
 
The Grumpy Old Sod
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