If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy. And we also have the world’s largest Muslim population. This demonstrates that democracy and Islam are not incompatible. Terrorism is not associated with any religion.
I am not an atheist; I believe in God. But my religion ends there. I have my own personal belief system that is so strong it allows me to do what I do. I don’t have to worry about going to Hell because of Slayer, you know? Everyone has a personal belief system and believes in life somehow.
I’ve always felt like there are certain politicians that wear their religion on their sleeve in a way that you almost feel is disingenuous. I think that your faith has to be first personal. I struggle with those people that preach something and go back behind closed doors and live differently.
You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.
Islam is a religion. It is not an ideology. For a Muslim, there is no such thing as to be against modernity. Why should a Muslim not be a modern person? I, as a Muslim, fulfill all the requirements of my religion, and I live in a democratic, social state.
I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.
Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.
The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit.
The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
I want young people to know that they can belong – whatever your culture, your religion, your sexuality – that you can live life how you want to live it and feel comfortable how you are.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
If our love of God does not directly influence, and even change, how we engage in the issues of our time on this earth, I wonder what good religion is.
The essence of America – that which really unites us – is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea – and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.
I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.
If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.
I think we need to do some deep soul searching about what’s important in our lives and renew our spirit and our spiritual thinking, whether it’s through faith-based religion or just through loving nature or helping your fellow man.
I think it’s been hard for people to understand how Islam can be a good religion, and yet the Islamists are evil. Those of us who have had experience with Islam understand this, just as we understand the difference between snake handlers and people going to church on Sunday morning.
I’m against any religion, and Communism and Nazism – they’re both equally religions. They’re just replacement gods.
The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.
Cultural values are, in themselves, neutral as well as universal, and so much depends on how individuals or ethnic groups use them. Values are influenced by so many factors such as geography, climate, religion, the economy and technology.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples.
Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance… the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.
The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
All these walls that keep us from loving each other as one family or one race – racism, religion, where we grew up, whatever, class, socioeconomic – what makes us be so selfish and prideful, what keeps us from wanting to help the next man, what makes us be so focused on a personal legacy as opposed to the entire legacy of a race.
So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity.
I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.
So far as the government is concerned, there is only one holy book, which is the constitution of India. My government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion.
Diversity of thought and culture and religion and ideas has been the strength of America.
Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.
Secularism is categorically not saying that the religious may not speak out publicly or have a say in public life. It is about saying that religion alone should not confer a privileged say in public life, or greater influence on it. It really is as simple as that.
Be strong, believe in freedom and in God, love yourself, understand your sexuality, have a sense of humor, masturbate, don’t judge people by their religion, color or sexual habits, love life and your family.
I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.
Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.
Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul, when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
My parents taught me never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion.
In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion.
Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
We have been educated into believing someone else’s concept of the deity, and someone else’s standard of beauty. You have the right to practice any religion and politics in a way that best suits your freedom, your dignity, and your understanding. And once you do that, you don’t apologize.
Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.
People are not wrong in observing Caste. In my view, what is wrong is their religion, which has inculcated this notion of Caste. If this is correct, then obviously the enemy, you must grapple with is not the people who observe Caste, but the Shastras which teach them this religion of Caste.
I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
Love is my religion – I could die for it.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
I am a spiritual person in an eastern religion kind of way. I learned that happiness for all of us is a switch that you flick in your brain. It doesn’t have anything to do with getting a new house, a new car, a new girlfriend, or a new pair of shoes. Our culture is very much about that; we are never happy with what we have today.
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Religion is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to qualify as a kind of mental illness.
I see a sense of unity in the universe. Spirituality is not limited to only one religion. One can experience it across different religions. I am fascinated by philosophy of Advaita and philosophy of unity. We have to get over the illusion that God is different from us.
No human heart is denied empathy. No religion can demolish that by indoctrination. No culture, no nation and nationalism – nothing can touch it because it is empathy.
Religion is the opium of the masses.
Religion and ritual can be vehicles for entering stillness. It says in Psalm 46:10, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ But they are still just vehicles. The Buddha called his teaching a raft: You don’t need to carry it around with you after you’ve crossed the river.
The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.
God does not discriminate against people, regardless of color, religion, social class, or gender and sexual preferences.
The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.
I found enormous opposition to my religion. It’s like if you want to strengthen your biceps, you lift heavy weight, as heavy as you can handle, and work your muscles against resistance until it grows strong. I had to do that with my religion.
We certainly love the Muslim people. But that is not the faith of this country. And that is not the religion that built this nation. The people of the Christian faith and the Jewish faith are the ones who built America, and it is not Islam.
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.
There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion, and I’ll show you a hundred retrogressions.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
Terrorism has no nationality or religion.
In religion, there’s a certain type of fear that if somebody believes differently from me, that it’s a threat. Because I’m right, and there cannot be two ways that are right, so if I’m right, anything different than this must be wrong; and we attack those things and it’s really due to insecurity, ego and fear.
All religions must be tolerated… for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
It is my goal to love everyone. I hate no one. Regardless of their race, religion, their proclivities, the desire of their heart and how they want to live their life and the decisions that they make. I can even respect people’s decisions and lifestyle choices just as I hope they have the courtesy to respect my decisions and my choices.
I’m actually an evangelical atheist, but there is something I recognise about religion: that it gives people a chance to surrender.
There is one thing higher than Royalty: and that is religion, which causes us to leave the world, and seek God.
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.
When I got religion, I found some work to do to benefit somebody.
Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
Civility is the recognition that all people have dignity that’s inherent to their person, no matter their religion, race, gender, sexuality, or ability.
No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy.
Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.
God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
Religion and slavery are incompatible.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission. Islam means submit.
My definition, the definition that I’ve always believed in, is that esprit de corps means love for one’s own military legion – in my case, the United States Marine Corps. It means more than self-preservation, religion, or patriotism. I’ve also learned that this loyalty to one’s corps travels both ways: up and down.
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
In Iran, there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no independent judiciary, no free elections. There is no freedom of religion – not even for Shiites, who are forced by Iran’s theocracy to adhere to one narrow set of official rules.
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion – I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more – I could be martyred for my religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that.
Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition.
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act.
Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God.
My philosophy is that the most important aspect of any religion should be human kindness. And to try to ease the suffering of others. To try to bring light and love into the lives of mankind.
We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.
Religious tolerance is something we should all practice; however, there have been more persecution and atrocities committed in the name of religion and religious freedom than anything else.
We can do much to help our communities loosen their boundaries and begin to welcome a multitude of ways of being to make sure that individuals of mixed race, religion, or ethnicities don’t feel the need to choose one or the other but see their layers as a gift, something that adds beauty.
Religion is part of the human make-up. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.
Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.
Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.
The truth is that killing innocent people is always wrong – and no argument or excuse, no matter how deeply believed, can ever make it right. No religion on earth condones the killing of innocent people; no faith tradition tolerates the random killing of our brothers and sisters on this earth.
Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.
There’s naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil… I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life.
It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?
No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.
The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion.
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
Religion is the solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God.
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
There is no conflict between the ideal of religion and the ideal of science, but science is opposed to theological dogmas because science is founded on fact. To me, the universe is simply a great machine which never came into being and never will end. The human being is no exception to the natural order. Man, like the universe, is a machine.
When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.
There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
I’m literally fighting for the equality of every man, woman and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation and here to spread a message of peace, love, and positivity.
Religious people often prefer to be right rather than compassionate. Often, they don’t want to give up their egotism. They want their religion to endorse their ego, their identity.
It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.
The biggest danger of this terrorism and extremism is the tarnishing of the reputation of our beloved religion… We will not allow this to happen.
In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.
If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you’d resign in protest.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
God is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word – prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.
Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him.
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
I don’t go by my caste, creed or religion. My works speak for me.
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap.
For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
It’s simply untrue that religion provides the only framework for a universal morality.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Religion is the organization of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds.
If one has the answers to all the questions – that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble.
The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.
Too often, customary practices and discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, social status, or class are the root sources of pervasive inequality in many countries.
I’m going to tell you what my religion is. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Period. Terminato. Finito.
One of the things I most admire about America is they have created a genuine melting pot society, a country of opportunity; you can be of any religion, colour, ethnicity, persuasion and make it to the top of your chosen field. And that’s something I admire about America and hope they continue with.
Just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc.
All religions and all communities have the same rights, and it is my responsibility to ensure their complete and total protection. My government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion.
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
I cannot adequately express the horror I feel for a man who can be so base as to veil his hypocrisy under the cloak of religion, and state the base falsehood he has done.
The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written.
The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
To gather with God’s people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.