Quotes – Religious leaders

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
– Sinclair Lewis

“The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations… The wealth of the Vatican in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment… The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars.”
– from the book The Vatican Billions by Avro Manhattan, 1983

“We have the ability to take him out [Venezuelan President Hugo Chevez], and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability… If he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”
– Pat Robertson

“Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.”
– Jerry Falwell

“Not a single leader of the Third Reich – not even Hitler himself – was ever excommunicated.”
– Sam Harris in his book The End of Faith

“Representative democracy, exercised within the context of the separation of church and state, and the protection of individual human rights, can act as safeguards against the destructive power of religion. Where these safeguards are not in place, religion becomes a simple and effective route for the pathological minority to seize power and tyrannise societies.”
– Ian Hughes

“AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.”
– Jerry Falwell

“Most religions offer no valid mechanism by which their core beliefs can be tested and revised, each new generation of believers is condemned to inherit the superstitions and tribal hatreds of its predecessors.”
– Sam Harris in his book The End of Faith

“Since most if not all ‘great’ religions are constructed on falsehoods, compulsive liars make the perfect proselytizers. A look at recently created religions such as Mormonism and Scientology show their founders, Joseph Smith and L.Ron Hubbard respectively, were at least compulsive liars, and more likely full-blown psychopaths. Charismatic cult leaders such as Jim Jones and Sung Yung Moon were indeed psychopaths, while televangelist preachers that rake in millions from their gullible flocks are at best con artists of the highest caliber.”
– Stefan H. Verstappen

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