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Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains." Religion of the citizen, the disparity between authority over the earthly kingdoms and the spiritual kingdom.
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Karl Marx
"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed, the opiate of the masses."
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Thomas Hobbes
The "two masters" of civil sovereignty and religion cause "double vision" and ultimately cause a lack of central authority which is a bad thing.
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Niccolò Machiavelli
"There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious." Religion as a useful tool of oppression.
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Blaise Pascal
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
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John Stuart Mill
Governments should not limit the freedom of expression, ever, even if the expression is a bad opinion. Rather, there is an element of truth in all opinions.
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Emile Durkheim
Religion is simply a way of worshipping the society which already exists, and should be promoted. "Religious representations are collective representations which express collective realities."
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James Madison
“Religion and Government will exists in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
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Thomas Paine
“Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.”
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Harry A. Blackmun
“A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are create equal when it asserts that God prefers some.”
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Christopher Hitchens
“The prince’s official job description as king will be ‘defender of the faith,’ which currently means the state-financed absurdity of the Anglican Church.”
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Constantin-François Volney
“To live in harmony and peace…we must […] separate by an inviolable barrier the world of fantastical beings from the world of realities.”
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Robert A. Heinlein
“Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”
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Ronald Reagan
“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”
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Rick Warren
“A truly free society protects all faiths, and true faith protects a free society.”
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Mahatma Gandhi
"I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality."
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Jimmy Carter
"You cannot divorce religious belief and public service. I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duties. If you violate one, you violate the other."
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Gordon Lynch
Religious conservatives versus religious progressives; one views the world in terms of their religion, and the latter adapts
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Edmund Burke
"Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety."
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