„Hannity-"You seem to be angry with religion, angry with god. Am I wrong in my perception?" Hitchens-"Not with god, obviously, that would be absurd."“
„Sometimes when I am driving I get so angry at inconsiderate drivers that I want to scream at them. But then I remember how insignificant that is, and I thank God that I have a car and my health and gas. That was phrased wrong — normally you wouldn't say, thank God I have gas.“
— Ellen DeGeneres American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress 1958
Ellen DeGeneres, My Point...And I Do Have One
„I have to buy Hanukkah presents. It's mandated by Jewish law. The God of the Jews is an angry God. And very gift-oriented.“
— Cassandra Clare American author 1973
Simon Lewis, pg. 39
„In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognise, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Statement to German anti-Nazi diplomat and author Prince Hubertus zu Lowenstein around 1941, as quoted in his book Towards the Further Shore : An Autobiography (1968) <!-- p. 156 -->
„…People who are atheists, they hate God, they hate the expression of God, and they are angry with the world, angry with themselves, angry with society and they take it out on innocent people who are worshiping God. And whether it's a Sikh temple, or a Baptist church, or a Catholic church, or a Muslim mosque – whatever it is – I just abhor this kind of violence, and it's the kind of thing that we should do something about. But what do you do?“
— Pat Robertson American media mogul, executive chairman, and a former Southern Baptist minister 1930
„The central ideas of Christianity, an angry God and vicarious atonement, are contrary to every fact in nature, as also to the better aspirations of the human heart; they are, in our present stage of enlightenment, absurd, preposterous, and blasphemous propositions.“
— Virchand Gandhi Jain scholar who represented Jainism at the first World Parliament of Religions in 1893 1864 - 1901
„It doesn't seem to matter what gods you pray to. We all die, in the real world and in fantasy worlds, and if there was some religion where you did not die I suspect that would be, that god would become very popular.“
— George Raymond Richard Martin American writer, screenwriter and television producer 1948
Context: I think worship of death is an interesting basis for religion, because after all death is the one universal. It doesn't seem to matter what gods you pray to. We all die, in the real world and in fantasy worlds, and if there was some religion where you did not die I suspect that would be, that god would become very popular. They all promise us eternal life, but whatever. Discussing the influence of real-life faiths on his work and its religious systems, Authors@Google (August 2011)
„Yes, I hate Hinduism. Hinduism is not ours, it is against us. If we have to become Hindus, the Brahmins will have to change the entire religious texts, our food habits, our gods and goddesses and images. I am angry at the Hindu gods.
Look at the images of Hindu gods. They wield weapons. We read that Hindu gods killed our own ancestors. How can I worship the killers as divine? What kind of a religion is it? There are three major religions — Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. These major religions were constructed by prophets who sacrificed and struggled in life for people's liberation. All these three religions never said that the larger sections of their people were born from the feet of God.“
— Kancha Ilaiah Indian scholar, activist and writer 1952
Interview at rediff.com (17 January 2000) http://www.rediff.com/news/2001/jan/17inter.htm.
„It is absurd to quote religion or God or religious doctrines to render the people as lowest castes.“
— Periyar E. V. Ramasamy Tamil politician and social reformer 1879 - 1973
Veeramani, Collected Works of Periyar, p. 511.
„Processions of priests and religiosi have been for several days past praying for rain; but the gods are either angry, or nature is too powerful.“
— Tim Powers American writer 1952
Chapter 17 (p. 285; quoting from the journal of Edward Williams)
„God does not exist—religion in science is an absurdity, in practice an immorality and in men a disease.“
— Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945
“Religion: Benito a Christian?” Time magazine (Aug. 25, 1924)
„Hitchens: I've got another question for you, which is this: How many religions in the world do you believe to be false?
Craig: I don't know how many religions in the world there are, so I can’t answer.
Hitchens: Well, could you name... fair enough. I'll see if I can't narrow that down. That was a clumsily asked question, I admit. Do you regard any of the world's religions to be false?
Craig: Excuse me?
Hitchens: Do you regard any of the world's religions to be false preaching?
Craig: Yes, I think—yes, certainly.
Hitchens: Would you name one, then?
Hitchens: That's quite a lot.
Craig: Pardon me?
Hitchens: That's quite a lot.
Hitchens: Do you, therefore—do you think it's moral to preach false religion?
Hitchens: So religion is responsible for quite a lot of wickedness in the world right there?
Craig: I'd be happy to concede (laughs) that. I would agree with that.
Hitchens: So if I was a baby being born in Saudi Arabia today, would you rather it was me or a Wahhabi Muslim?
Craig: Would I be—you rather be what?
Hitchens: Would you rather it was me—it was an atheist baby or a Wahhabi baby?
(Audience and Dr. Craig laugh):
Craig: I-I don't have any preference as to whether you would be... (laughing)
Hitchens: You don’t? As bad as that, O. K. Are there any—I'm sorry. I've only got a few seconds. It's a serious question. I shouldn't squander it. Are there any Christian denominations you regard as false?
Hitchens: Could I know what they are?
Craig: Well, I am not a Calvinist, for example. I think that certain tenets of Reformed Theology are incorrect. I would be more in the Wesleyan Camp myself. But these are differences among brethren. These are not differences on which we need to put one another in some sort of a cage. So within the Christian camp, there's a large diversity of perspectives. I'm sure there are views that I hold that are probably false, but I'm trying my best to get my theology straight, trying to do the best job. But I think all of us would recognize that none of us agree on every point of Christian doctrine, on every dot and tittle.“
— William Lane Craig American Christian apologist and evangelist 1949
Craig vs Christopher Hitchens debate, Biola University, La Mirada, California, 4th April 2009 http://www.reasonablefaith.org/does-god-exist-craig-vs-hitchens-apr-2009#section_6
„I am dying innocent. The sentence is wrong. God protect Germany and make Germany great again. Long live Germany! God protect my family!“
— Fritz Sauckel German general 1894 - 1946
Last words, 10/16/46. Quoted in "The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness World War II" - Page 566 - by Jon E. Lewis - History - 2002.
„Direct the six passions to God. The impulse of lust should be turned into the desire to have intercourse with Atman. Feel angry at those who stand in your way to God. Feel greedy for Him. If you must have the feeling of I and mine, then associate it with God. Say, for instance, "My Rama, my Krishna." If you must have pride, then feel like Bibhishana, who said, "I have touched the feet of Rama with my head; I will not bow this head before anyone else."“
— Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886