"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."
"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society... then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them... We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant."
"Science is a cooperative enterprise spanning the generations. It's the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher. A community of minds, reaching back to antiquity and forward to the stars."
"If we raise the minimum wage and forced McDonalds and Walmart to pay their employees enough to eat, we the tax-payers wouldn't have to pick up the slack. This is the question the Right has to answer: Do you want smaller government with less handouts or do you want a low minimum wage? Because you cannot have both. If Colonel Sanders isn't going to pay the lady behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to. And I for one am getting a little tired of helping highly profitable companies pay their workers."
"This is such bullshit. Do they have a whole farm system? Do they have websites? Show me the country that has the Christian fundamentalist training camp where they're on the monkey bars. This is just not the same. Look, I'm no fuckin Catholic or Christian, but one is herpes and one is cancer."
"We went to the Moon, and we discovered Earth. I claim we discovered Earth for the first time. How does that affect culture? I got a list! The instant that photo comes out, THAT is the identifying cover picture of The Whole Earth Catalog, thinking about Earth as a whole. Not as a place where nations war, as a whole. 1970: The Comprehensive Clean Air Act is passed. Earth Day was birthed March, 1970. The Environmental Protection Agency was founded in 1970. The organization Doctors Without Borders in 1971. Where do you even get that phrase from?! No one thought of that phrase before that photo was published. Because every globe in your classroom has countries painted on it. DDT got banned in 1972. We're still going to the Moon; we're still looking back to Earth. Clean Water Act, 1971. 1972: Endangered Species Act, the catalytic converted gets put in in 1973, unleaded gas, 1973. We're still at war in Vietnam, there's still campus unrest, yet we found the time to start thinking about Earth."