26 January 2012

Quotation of the Day

Religion is a multi-billion-dollar business. This money pays for its propaganda. And this money is swindled out of the people. ... It delivers lies to the people, frightens them, and scares them of violence in this world and of punishment in the next. Just like the Mafia! Religion, as an institution, be it Christianity, Islam or Judaism is a huge social structure standing on its own before being a set of social beliefs. It taxes [the people]. It takes money and spends it on the survival of its rule. ... the sum is comparable with the wealth of the largest multi-national corporations. It is comparable with the military budget of dozens of countries put together. Religion should therefore be looked on as an industry, one that consciously tries to sell its product, own its markets, and make addicts out of consumers.
Mansoor Hekmat (interview, 15 Fb 2001; h/t Maryam Namazie)

23 January 2012

Quotation of the Day

If we destroy our planet, if we cannot undo the damage we have done, then as I’ve said before, perhaps we deserve to die out. That’s how natural selection’s supposed to work, after all.

11 January 2012

Definition of the Day

Peace: a morbid condition, due to a surplus of civilians, which war seeks to remedy.
Cyril Connolly, The Condemned Playground
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