"For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them."
Albert Einstein
(1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
letter on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind
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Hard to rate but interesting. Most religions are infected with a lot of superstition and odd beliefs. Here's one of my favorite quotes, it's from the Buddha. "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it,unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense". This goes for everything including the Bible.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Not sure how to comment or rate this quote with stars. One man's opinion - fantastic. My experience has been drastically different.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Interesting. No doubt Einstein was an anti-semite. ;-) Unfortunately the creation of the state of Israel has exposed the common people (and the world at large) to the cancers of which Einstein spoke...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I think you are being taken over by the pro-Muslim communist extremists and I've about had it with these recent quotes
     -- Bob Trevorrow, Kansas     
    The idea of being "Chosen' has frequently been thought of as being 'favored' by God. But, that was not the original meaning. They had the idea that no matter what, they were chosen by God to live a life dedicated to Him, no matter how difficult it might be. It, well, gee, it has been difficult. Estimates are that instead of perhaps a 14 million population, world-wide now, there would have been well over 200 million.
     -- Gary Mullennix, Naples     
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