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  1. Theodoros II at |

    OK, I might be off topic now since the writer clearly says “recent history” but if that includes people from the early-mid days of the 20th century, then Nikos Kazantzakis should definitely be in this list. I mean the man won a Nobel Prize, but they denied to give it to him after the Pope himself and the Archbishop threatened to boycott the Nobel Prizes if they gave it to him. All this, simply because the man was an atheist. If some of you don’t know him by name, then I will mention his two most famous works : ” Zorba the Greek” and “The Last Temptation of Christ” that Martin Scorsese adapted in a film.

    His Epitaph on his grave is probably one of the most popular quotes coming from an atheist:
    ” I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikos_Kazantzakis

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  2. Preston C Edwards at |

    Number 8, P.Z. Myers appeared in the documentary “Evolution Vs. God” and was unable to provide a single piece of evidence for his belief in Darwinian evolution.

    http://evolutionvsgod.com/

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  3. 5minutes at |

    AND THEY’RE ALL GONNA BURN IN HEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL……

    Sorry. Had to get the conversation going somehow. :)

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  4. dannyexplosion at |

    #4 Brilliant atheist? How can you brilliantly not believe in something? Just seems strange to me. But hey I enjoyed the list.

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  5. Avid-Lister at |

    And by looking at their images one would have thought that they are smarter than that…

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  6. Jrodickens at |

    Anyone who preaches not to believe in something is just as bad as the people who preach religion.

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    1. Insolitus at |

      Do not believe it when a Nigerian prince offers you money via e-mail. Am I as bad as the scammers now?

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      1. Jrodickens at |

        By “something” I meant things that are important to people, like religion. Im atheist btw, I just think people who preach not to believe in a religion are just as bad as the people who push their religions on people.

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        1. Insolitus at |

          Do not believe it when a homeopathic practitioner assures you your cancer can be cured with mystical sugar pills instead of scientifically proven treatments. Now, is that important enough something for you? Am I now as bad as the homeopath? Should everyone just shut up and let people believe what they believe, unchallenged? (Banning debate on important issues would make democratic governments impossible, by the way.)

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          1. Jrodickens at |

            Debate all you want, I didn’t say there was anything wrong with a simple debate and asking questions. CRAMMING it down people’s throat is what NOBODY IN THE WORLD appreciates. As for your mystical sugar pill logic , and belief systems that people literally devote their lives too, sorry, can’t see your correlation there. Probably because it’s far to outlandish and ridiculous to even make a comparison????? So no your not as bad as the homeopath because that’s entirely different and you know it? What does comparing apples to oranges do for anybody? You knew when you typed that that it was a stupid comaparison to make so why even bother?

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            1. Insolitus at |

              I see now it was silly to bother talking to you, since you obviously know what I mean and think better than I do.

    2. dannyexplosion at |

      If people choose to go to church to hear someone “preach” How is that bad?
      If someone buys a book or goes to a lecture about atheism, kind of seems the same to me… but not “bad”.
      Although participating in activities of not believing in something sounds like an incredible waste of time and energy…. but not bad.
      Those people who have signs that say “God hates F&gs” outside of funerals…. that’s bad.

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      1. Jrodickens at |

        ya I knew an atheist who murdered someone once. I guess that means all atheists are psycho murderers according to your logic about some signs a bunch of random religious people made? Hell, my cousin is a LESBIAN CHRISTIAN so stick that logic about religious people straight where it belongs. I didn’t say going to church or preaching what you believe is bad, PUSHING it on others is what many people dislike. Noone likes Jesus or religion being crammed down their throat, just the way religious people don’t like being told their existence for living is completely and utterly wrong and to stop being idiots for believing in something that’s helps deal with the idea of death, among many other things. I didn’t say any group in general was “bad”. Just the notion of forcing beliefs on others is disliked by anybody. So yes, that in particular is “bad”.

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        1. dannyexplosion at |

          Just commenting on your statement
          “Anyone who preaches not to believe in something is just as bad as the people who preach religion.”
          I’ll agree with you that nobody likes having anything “crammed down their throat” as you said. Which is a bit different from “preaching religion” which is what you originally said.
          Sorry it made you so upset.
          If you in fact do know an atheist murderer and are related to a lesbian christian (whatever your rant including those two folks has to do with anything I said is a complete mystery) You must be a diverse and interesting person Jrodickens.
          Again I apologize for upsetting you with my comment.
          Cheers

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  7. BryanJ at |

    Madalyn Murray O’Hair should be #1.

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  8. DtheMan at |

    Religion should be a major concern in our society as it has caused many wars, conflicts, disagreements, inhumane history and I can go on. Evolution always have provided a significant diverse amount of evidence and religion has just sat on the wall like humpty dumpty waiting to fall.

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