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Published on Aug 18, 2010
Before Madalyn Murray O' Hair gave atheists a bad name, there was Robert Ingersoll. Ingersoll was a Civil War veteran, attorney, and progressive thinker who was very critical of religion, especially of the doctrine of eternal damnation. The next time a religous person says all atheists are immoral, point to Ingersoll, who was an advocate of women and children's rights, and the dignity and worth of all human beings. Check out Ingeroll's speeches and essays to see why he was, pardon the phrase, a godsend to freethinkers and skeptics everywhere. http://www.infidels.org/contact.php?w... (For those who can't hear the speech because of the music, here it is:"If there is a God who will damn his children forever, I would rather go to hell than to go to heaven and keep the society of such an infamous tyrant. I make my choice now. I despise that doctrine. It has covered the cheeks of this world with tears. It has polluted the hearts of children, and poisoned the imaginations of men. It has been a constant pain, a perpetual terror to every good man and woman and child. It has filled the good with horror and with fear; but it has had no effect upon the infamous and base. It has wrung the hearts of the tender; it has furrowed the checks of the good. This doctrine never should be preached again. What right have you, sir, Mr. clergyman, you, minister of the gospel, to stand at the portals of the tomb, at the vestibule of eternity, and fill the future with horror and with fear? I do not believe this doctrine; neither do you. If you did, you could not sleep one moment. Any man who believes it, and has within his breast a decent, throbbing heart, will go insane. A man who believes that doctrine and does not go insane has the heart of a snake, and the conscience of a hyena."