„To regret religion is to regret Western civilization.“

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„Western religions, all the leading religions, have this schizotypalism shot through them from top to bottom.“

—  Robert M. Sapolsky American endocrinologist 1957
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—  Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011
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—  James Madison 4th president of the United States (1809 to 1817) 1751 - 1836
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