"I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with “you” in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not. This kind of modesty is too arrogant for me."
"Yes, I think we have free will. When asked why I think so I would to take refuge in philosophical irony, and say - because I don’t think we have any choice but to have free will. But the Christian answer is - of course you have free will, the boss insists upon it."
"Let me tell you something — for hundreds and thousands of years, this kind of discussion would have been impossible to have, or those like us would have been having it at the risk of our lives. Religion now comes to us in this smiley-face, ingratiating way —- because it’s had to give so much more ground and because we know so much more. But you’ve got no right to forget the way it behaved when it was strong, and when it really did believe that it had god on it’s side."
"The suicide bombing community is entirely religious. The genital mutilation community is entirely religious. I wouldn’t say that the child abuse community is entirely religious, but it’s bidding to be entirely religious. How dare anyone who speaks for religion say that we, the secular and non-believers, are the immoral ones? It is itself a wicked thing to say! It is itself an indefensible thing to say. No. A decapitation on a bus is going to be done by someone who thinks God is telling him to do it."
"My challenge: name an ethical statement or action, made or performed by a person of faith, that could not have been made or performed by a nonbeliever. I have since asked this question at every stop and haven’t had a reply yet."