“Having seen how lucidly and logically certain madmen justify their lunatic ideas to themselves and others, I can never again be sure of the lucidness of my lucidity.”

Fernando Pessoa

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heretics and heresies

“According to the theologians, God, the Father of us all, wrote a letter to his children. The children have always differed somewhat as to the meaning of this letter. In consequence of these honest differences, these brothers began to cut out each other’s hearts. In every land, where this letter from God has been read, the children to whom and for whom it was written have been filled with hatred and malice. They have imprisoned and murdered each other, and the wives and children of each other. In the name of God every possible crime has been committed, every conceivable outrage has been perpetrated. Brave men, tender and loving women, beautiful girls, and prattling babes have been exterminated in the name of Jesus Christ.
Robert G. Ingersoll (1874) Heretics and Heresies.

a crime to fly?

“Now we have come to the conclusion that every man has a right to think. Would God give a bird wings and make it a crime to fly? Would he give me brains and make it a crime to think? Any God that would damn one of his children for the expression of his honest thought wouldn’t make a decent thief. When I read a book and don’t believe it, I ought to say so. I will do so and take the consequences like a man.”

Robert G. Ingersoll Speech on Religious Intolerance as presented at the Pittsburgh Opera House (14 October 1879).