Wendy Kaminer quotes

  • I don't care if religious people consider me amoral because I lack their beliefs in God. I do however care deeply about efforts to turn religious beliefs into law and those efforts benefit greatly from the conviction that individually and collectively we cannot be good without God.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Religious #Law #People

  • There are, however, exceptions to this reliance on feelings as evidence of truth: if, for instance, your feelings lead to disbelief instead of belief, they're apt to be dismissed as some form of denial. This is not a common problem. Usually intellectualism, not feeling reality, is blamed for disbelief. But, some angel experts suggest, there may be emotional as well as intellectual barriers to belief: unwillingness to believe in angels can reflect low self-esteem.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Self Esteem #Believe #Angel

  • Jerry Falwell knows who caused the terrorist attack on America: the ACLU. "The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this," he declared on the 700 Club, because, he explained, the ACLU, abetted by the federal courts is responsible for "throwing God out of the public square (and) the public schools."This is a familiar charge and a false one. God is still present in the public schools, where students are free to pray, alone or in groups, so long as their prayers aren't officially sponsored and don't infringe on anyone's freedom not to pray.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Prayer #School #Squares

  • Interactivity has the virtue of democracy, conferring upon everyone with access to a computer the right and opportunity to be heard, but it's also saddled with democracy's vice - a tendency to assume that everyone who has a right to be heard has something to say that's worth hearing.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Opportunity #Democracy #Hearing

  • For the most part, executions happen in obscurity. If people did hear about executions, if they were publicized, even televised, I fear more would enjoy them than be repelled by them.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #People #Execution #Obscurity

  • Give the FBI unchecked domestic spying powers and instead of focusing on preventing terrorism, it will revert to doing what it does best - monitoring, harassing, and intimidating political dissidents and thousands of harmless immigrants.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Giving #Political #Doe

  • Tolerance is thin gruel compared to the rapture of absolute truths. It's not surprising that religious people are often better protected by atheists and agnostics than each other.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Religious #Atheist #People

  • Under the rubric of religious freedom, we respect the right to worship differently much more than the right to worship not at all.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Religious #Religion #Atheism

  • There are only two states of being in the world of codependency - recovery and denial.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Recovery #Two #Denial

  • We don't cut off the hands of thieves or castrate rapists. Why must we murder murderers?
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Cutting #Hands #Thieves

  • In its more authoritarian forms, religion punishes questioning and rewards gullibility. Faith is not a function of stupidity, but a frequent cause of it.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Stupidity #Religion #Rewards

  • what might once have been called whining is now exalted as a process of asserting selfhood; self-absorption is regarded as a form of self-expression ...
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Self #Expression #Might

  • The phenomenal success of the recovery movement reflects two simple truths that emerge in adolescence: all people love to talk about themselves, and most people are mad at their parents. You don't have to be in denial to doubt that truths like these will set us free.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Recovery #Simple #Two

  • If all issues are personalized, we lose our capacity to entertain ideas, to generalize from our own or someone else's experiences, to think abstractly. We substitute sentimentality for thought.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Thinking #Ideas #Issues

  • The dissemination of pseudoscience, including such things as the fascination with near-death experiences and the growing belief by Americans -- 34 percent of them -- in reincarnation are dangerous. They help to break down the standards of reason.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Pseudoscience #Growing #Fascination

  • Spirituality authors, who are generally forgiving of most human foibles ... take a hard line on intellectualism.... Skepticism they view with contempt, as the refuge of the unenlightened.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Views #Forgiving #Atheism

  • It's easy to sell good news like this, and the authors confidently rely on classic fallacious arguments. They argue by declaration, which is what makes the books so amusing. In matter-of-fact, authoritative tones, the authors tell us how plants and human beings exchange energy - or they describe what angels look like, whether or how they're sexed, how they communicate with human beings, and how they differ from ghosts. Readers might be expected to wonder, How do they know?
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Book #Angel #Atheism

  • It is the inevitable effect of religion on public policy that makes it a matter of public concern. Advocates of religiosity extol the virtues or moral habits that religion is supposed to instill in us. But we should be equally concerned with the intellectual habits it discourages.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Intellectual #Atheism #Matter

  • When the inner child finds a guardian angel, publishers are in heaven.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Children #Angel #Heaven

  • Like heterosexuality, faith in immaterial realities is popularly considered essential to individual morality.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Faith #Reality #Heterosexuality

  • Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Patriotism #Liberty #Doe

  • What makes fantastic declarations believable is, in part, the vehemence with which they're proffered. Again, in the world of spirituality as well as of pop psychology, intensity of personal belief is evidence of truth. It is considered very bad form - even abuse - to challenge the veracity of any personal testimony that might be offered in a twelve-step group or on a talk show, unless the testimony itself is equivocal... Whatever sells, whatever many people believe strongly, must be true.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Believe #People #Challenges

  • Faith is not a function of stupidity but a frequent cause of it.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Stupidity #Causes #Insult

  • As Camille Paglia's success has demonstrated, what is most marketable is absolutism and attitude undiluted by thought.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Attitude #Absolutism #Camille

  • Religions, of course, have their own demanding intellectual traditions, as Jesuits and Talmudic scholars might attest.... But, in its less rigorous, popular forms, religion is about as intellectually challenging as the average self-help book. (Like personal development literature, mass market books about spirituality and religion celebrate emotionalism and denigrate reason. They elevate the "truths" of myths and parables over empiricism.) In its more authoritarian forms, religion punishes questioning and rewards gullibility. Faith is not a function of stupidity but a frequent cause of it.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Book #Self #Average

  • Jargon seems to be the place where the right brain and the left brain meet.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Brain #Left Brain #Jargon

  • Secularists are often wrongly accused of trying to purge religious ideals from public discourse. We simply want to deny them public sponsorship.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Religious #Trying #Want

  • I don't spend much time thinking about whether God exists. I don't consider that a relevant question. It's unanswerable and irrelevant to my life, so I put it in the category of things I can't worry about.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Thinking #Worry #Atheism

  • In this climate - with belief in guardian angels and creationism becoming commonplace - making fun of religion is as risky as burning a flag in an American Legion hall.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Fun #Angel #Atheism

  • Only people who die very young learn all they really need to know in kindergarten.
    -- Wendy Kaminer

    #Education #People #Needs