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They say the religion of your fathers is good enough. Why should a father object to your inventing a better plow than he had? They say to me, do you know more than all the theologians dead? Being a perfectly modest man I say I think I do. 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 (more quotes by Robert G. Ingersoll or books by/about Robert G. Ingersoll)
(1833-1899) American lawyer, Civil War veteran, political leader, orator of United States during the Golden Age of Free Thought, nicknamed "The Great Agnostic"
Speech on 'Religious Intolerance' as presented at the Pittsburgh Opera House, (October 14, 1879)
Belief, Custom, Free Thought, Integrity, Religion, Truth, Children