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Some Ayn Rand Quotes for Religious Conservatives

"This god, this one word: I." 

Playboy: "Has no religion, in your estimation, ever offered anything of constructive value to human life?"
Ayn Rand: "If I were to speak your kind of language, I would say that man's only moral commandment is: Thou shalt think. But a 'moral commandment' is a contradiction in terms. The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed. The moral is the rational, and reason accepts no commandments."

  • "(The Doctrine of Original Sin) declares that (man) ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge - he acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evil - he became a moral being/ He was sentenced to earn his bread by his labor - he became a productive being. He was sentenced to experience desire - he acquired the capacity of sexual enjoyment. The evils for which (the preachers) damn him are reason, morality, creativeness joy - all the cardinal values of his existence."

    • "Faith is the worst curse of mankind, as  the exact antithesis and enemy of thought."

  • To rest one's case on faith means to concede that reason is on the side of one's enemies- that one has no rational arguments to offer."

  • Source of all above quotes is atheism.about.com
     
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