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Intern melding

I tilfelle noen lurer på hvor det er blitt av spaltene i sidemargen her, med kristendomshets fra Ingersoll og lokalt stoff fra våre to lokalaviser, så er det rett og slett slik at jeg har gitt dem sommerferie.

Dagene og nettene er litt travle for tiden, og bloggeinspirasjonen er ikke på sitt høyeste. Så da blir det å kutte ned på ting som stjeler tid fra de postene jeg helst vil skrive. For en stund.

Men siden flere har gitt uttrykk for at de har satt pris på både Ingersoll, og særlig lokalnyhetene, så skal man slettes ikke se bort i fra at de dukker opp igjen når ting faller litt til ro igjen, og høsten atter strekker sine kjølige fingre over Høljebyen.

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The Bible

The Bible was the real persecutor. The Bible burned heretics, built dungeons, founded the Inquisition, and trampled upon all the liberties of men.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Heretics and Hericies”(1874)

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Instrumentalities in the hands of God

The church never wanted disease to be under the control of man. Timothy Dewight, president of Yale College, preached a sermon against vaccination. His idea was, that if God had decreed from all eternity that a certain man should die with the small-pox, it was a frightful sin to avoid and annul that decree by the trick of vaccination. Small-pox being regarded as one of the heaviest guns in the arsenal of heaven, to spike it was the height of presumption. Plagues and pestilences were instrumentalities in the hands of God with which to gain the love and worship of mankind. To find a cure for disease was to take a weapon from the church. No one tries to cure the ague with prayer. Quinine has been found altogether more reliable. Just as soon as a specific is found for a disease that disease will be left out of the list of prayer. The number of diseases with which God from time to time afflicts mankind, is continually decreasing. In a few years all of them will be under the control of man, the gods will be left unarmed, and the threats of their priests will excite only a smile.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “The Ghosts” (1877)

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Filled with hatred and malice

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. For more than fifty generations the church has carried the black flag. Her vengeance has been measured only by her power. During all these years of infamy no heretic has ever been forgiven. With the heart of a fiend she has hated; with the clutch of avarice she has grasped; with the jaws of a dragon she has devoured; pitiless as famine, merciless as fire, with the conscience of a serpent: such is the history of the Church of God.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Heretics and Hericies”(1874)

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How long

How long, O how long, will man listen to the threats of God, and shut his eyes to the splendid possibilities of Nature? How long, O how long will man remain the cringing slave of a false and cruel creed?

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Heretics and Hericies”(1874)

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