"Christianity is the most perverted system that every shone on man"
Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States (1801–1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and an influential founder of the United States
"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trail. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."
James Madison, fourth (1809– 1817) President of the United States. Known as the "Father of the Constitution,"
"Lighthouses are more useful than churches"
Benjamin Franklin, Diplomat of the American Revolution, and 6Th President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania
"As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, and legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?"
John Adams, first Vice President of the United States (1789–1797), and the second President of the United States (1797–1801).
It is fact that Adolf Hitler was a Christian who invoked the name of God when he addressed the German people - yet he was NEVER excommunicated from the Christian church for the holocaust. You need only read the inscription on the face of Nazi soldiers belts to put this debate to rest.
"Of 43 studies carried out since 1927 on the relationship between religious belief and one's intelligence and/or educational level, all but 4 found an inverse connection. That is, the higher one's intelligence or education level, the less one is likely to be religious or hold "beliefs" of any kind."
Paul Bell, Mensa Magazine, 2002
"Several research studies have been published on the statistical relationship between religiousity and educational level, or religiousity and IQ. Michael Shermer, in "How We Believe" The Search for God in an Age of Science," describes a large survey of randomly chosen Americans that he and his colleague Frank Sullaway carried out. Among their many interesting results was the discovery that religiosity is indeed negatively correlated with education (more highly educated people are less likely to be religious)."
Richard Dawkins, Oxford University