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Lighting a candle in toxic air.
2010-11-22
November 22: George Eliot

Evans said, "God, immortality, duty — how inconceivable the first, how unbelievable the second, how peremptory and absolute the third."

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2010-11-21
November 21: Björk

I've got my own religion... If I get into trouble, there's no God or Allah to sort me out. I have to do it myself.

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2010-11-21
November 21: Voltaire

"Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world," he wrote in a letter to Frederick the Great of Prussia.

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2010-11-20
November 20: Nadine Gordimer

In her 1991 Nobel lecture, Gordimer makes a brilliant if veiled charge, using theistic language, that writers are more powerful with their words than religions are with their dogmas.

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2010-11-20
November 20: Thomas Chatterton

I also leave my religion to Dr. Cutts Barton… hereby empowering the Sub-Sacrist to strike him on the head when he goes to sleep in church… I leave the Reverend Mr. Catcott some little of my free thinking, that he may put on spectacles of reason and see how vilely he is duped in believing the scriptures literally.

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2010-11-20
November 20: Edward Westermarck

"It has taken nearly 2000 years for the married woman to get back that personal independence which she enjoyed under the later Roman Law, but lost through the influence which Christianity exercised on European legislation. And it may be truly said that she regained it, not by the aid of the churches, but despite the opposition."

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2010-11-19
November 19: Dick Cavett

"I hope there is a God for Grandpa Richards's sake, but don't much care if there is one for mine."

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2010-11-19
November 19: Jodie Foster

I absolutely believe ... that there is no direct evidence, so how could you ask me to believe in God when there's absolutely no evidence that I can see?

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2010-11-19
November 19: Larry King

King told a German magazine that, yes, he can always learn something new. With one exception — if it comes to religious topics everything is already said. I am an agnostic, so I don't learn anything from them."

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2010-11-19
November 19: Ted Turner

Turner ridicules the idea of "hell," believes "nature is god" and rejects the biblical concept of creation.

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