Hello everyone, my name is Scott.
I found your forum by googling "anti-religous quotes". There are quite a few good ones to be found here. Unfortunately, now that I've registered to start discussing religious topics, that thread seems to be denying me access now and I'm not quite sure why.
I was raised by what many might call "Bible Thumpers" and began questioning the truth behind the things I was being taught at an early age. I had lingering doubts but never really professed them or would even allow myself to think on them for too long. After I grew to adulthood, I joined the Army (after a series of other jobs). On one of my deployments, I had the notion that I would write a novel, based on events from the Bible. While attempting to write this novel I began reading the Bible through logical, adult eyes. Now, looking back it seems a bit preposterous that I ever believed any of it to begin with. Don't get me wrong, I don't think the Bible holds zero merit. Quite the opposite actually. I think the basic principles that it tries to convey are sound ones and in many situations it provides a good moral compass for humanity to follow. I just don't believe that there is an omnipotent being who will damn you to hell if you don't worship him on blind faith. I believe that some of the stories told in the Bible are based on the truth but have likely been trumped up to sound better or more miraculous.
I'd been content holding on to my belief that what my religious family wanted to believe was of no importance to me and that I should simply live and let live. Since the advent of Facebook and their constant posts about religion, I've decided lately to give them a taste of their own medicine. After all, if I'm to be subjected to their ludicrous posts about their views, why shouldn't they be subjected to mine? This is how I came to find your site.
I'm quite interested in a healthy debate with religious types who might offer some arguments for me and even attempted to post in the debate forum but was balked by another "Access Denied" error. Luckily, I found the introductions forum where it seems that I am allowed to post a new topic and perhaps this is a prerequisite to posting in other forums?