— Meg White American musician 1974
Gross, Terry (2005) Fresh Air: "A White-Striped Trip: 'Get Behind Me Satan'" http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4696110 NPR.org (accessed June 6, 2006)
„After a week, I decided religion wasn't for me.“
— Meg White American musician 1974
„I decided to say this after it was clear that over several years Saudis have been leaving for jihad. They did this because they are passionate about their religion but they are not wise enough to know right from wrong.“
— Abdul-Azeez ibn Abdullaah Aal ash-Shaikh Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia 1943
Saudi Grand Mufti warns against fighting, donations that "damage Muslims" http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/2007/10/018343print.html
„I have been advised that you have decided to move forward with your story without my interview. This, despite the fact confirmed more than three weeks ago that I would make myself available on a date certain (6 July), after you spoke to other relevant Church personnel and toured Church facilities, and that I would provide information annihilating the credibility of your sources including the fundamental crimes against the Scientology religion that were the reasons for their removal from post.“
— David Miscavige leader of the Church of Scientology 1960
June 2009 letter by Miscavige to journalists Thomas C. Tobin and Joe Childs, regarding investigation of accounts of abuse of Scientology staff members by Miscavige for "The Truth Rundown" series in the St. Petersburg Times —.
„I think there is in this country a war on religion. I think there is a desire to establish a religion in America known as secularism. And I know that, based on reports, that the Obama administration gave this a lot of thought – a lot of discussion. This was not some little side issue that no one thought about. They gave it a lot of thought, and they decided to say that in this country that a church — in this case, the Catholic Church — would be required to violate its principles and its conscience and be required to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and morning after pills to the employees of the church. And that came as a shock. As I think it was Mike Huckabee said, "We are now all Catholics." Those of us who are people of faith recognize this is — an attack on one religion is an attack on all religion.“
— Mitt Romney American businessman and politician 1947
„It wasn't the Christian Church that arrested Gallileo, it was the Roman Catholic Church, which is a non-Christian religion based on tradition and not the Bible.“
— Ray Comfort New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist 1949
„MS: Have you ever turned to religion?
M: At no time. I am a seriously lapsed Catholic. It was at the usual time, 10, 11, 12, after being forced to go to church and never understanding why and never enjoying it, seeing so many negative things, and realising it somehow wasn't for me. I can only have faith in things I see. I could never be converted to Buddhism.“
— Morrissey English singer 1959
From The soft touch", interview by Mat Snow, Q (December 1989)
„From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.“
— John Henry Newman English cleric and cardinal 1801 - 1890
„Religion, after all, is nothing but an hypothesis framed to account for what is evidentially unaccounted for.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Context: By what route do otherwise sane men come to believe such palpable nonsense? How is it possible for a human brain to be divided into two insulated halves, one functioning normally, naturally and even brilliantly, and the other capable only of such ghastly balderdash which issues from the minds of Baptist evangelists? Such balderdash takes various forms, but it is at its worst when it is religious. Why should this be so? What is there in religion that completely flabbergasts the wits of those who believe in it? I see no logical necessity for that flabbergasting. Religion, after all, is nothing but an hypothesis framed to account for what is evidentially unaccounted for. In other fields such hypotheses are common, and yet they do no apparent damage to those who incline to them. But in the religious field they quickly rush the believer to the intellectual Bad Lands. He not only becomes anaesthetic to objective fact; he becomes a violent enemy of objective fact. It annoys and irritates him. He sweeps it away as something somehow evil... The American Mercury (February 1926)
— Jerry Coyne American biologist 1949
„When religion and royalty are destroyed the people will attack the nobles; after the nobles, the rich.“
— Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850
Ch. V: The Alchemists.
— Anne Carson Canadian poet 1950
"My Religion", Glass, Irony, and God, New Directions (New York, NY), 1995.
— Jack LaLanne American exercise instructor 1914 - 2011
In Jack LaLanne dies at 96; spiritual father of U.S. fitness movement, LosAngeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-jack-lalanne20110124,0,5507436,full.story#axzz2szJ0dzxX
„The religion of the Sufi is not separate from the religions of the world. People have fought in vain about the names and lives of their saviors, and have named their religions after the name of their savior, instead of uniting with each other in the truth that is taught.“
— Hazrat Inayat Khan Indian Sufi 1882 - 1927
Context: The religion of the Sufi is not separate from the religions of the world. People have fought in vain about the names and lives of their saviors, and have named their religions after the name of their savior, instead of uniting with each other in the truth that is taught. This truth can be traced in all religions, whether one community calls another pagan or infidel or heathen. Such persons claim that theirs is the only scripture, and their place of worship the only abode of God. Sufism is a name applied to a certain philosophy by those who do not accept the philosophy; hence it cannot really be described as a religion; it contains a religion but is not itself a religion. Sufism is a religion if one wishes to learn religion from it. But it is beyond religion, for it is the light, the sustenance of every soul, raising the mortal being to immortality. Vol. I, The Way of Illumination, Section I - The Way of Illumination, Part III : The Sufi.