A few of history's worst quotes from believers

Compiled by Jim Walker

...the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt...

--The author of Exodus describing the actions of the killer God in Ex. 12:29

Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

--Author of 1 Samuel describing God's instructions (I Sam.15:2-3)

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

--Psalm 137:9 (KJV)

For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

--Paul [I Corinthians 11:8-9]

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

--Paul [I Corinthians 14:34-35]

But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

--Paul (I Tim 2:12)

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

--The alleged Jesus in Matthew 10:34

But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

--The alleged Jesus in Luke 19:27

And I will kill her children with death...

--The alleged Jesus in Rev. 2:23 KJV

After Jesus Christ we have no need of curiosity, after the Gospel no need of research. When we come to believe, we have no desire to believe anything else; for we begin by believing that there is nothing else which we have to believe.

--Tertullian (160?-220? C.E.), Prescriptions Against Heretics

It is not permitted for a woman to speak in the church, nor is it permitted for her to teach, nor to baptize, nor to offer [the eucharist], nor to claim for herself a share in any masculine function-- not to mention any priestly office.

--Tertullian, (160?-220? C.E.), Adversus Valentinianos

The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives on even in our times and so it is necessary that the guilt should live on, also. You are the one who opened the door to the Devil, you are the one who first plucked the fruit of the forbidden tree, you are the first who deserted the divine law; you are the one who persuaded him whom the Devil was not strong enough to attack. All too easily you destroyed the image of God, man. Because of your desert, that is, death, even the Son of God had to die.

--Tertullian, (160?-220? C.E.), The Apparel of Women

Bow your heads to your husbands--and that will be ornament enough for you. Keep your hands busy with spinning and stay at home--and you will be more pleasing than if you were adorned in gold. Dress yourselves in the silk of probity, the fine linen of holiness, and the purple of chastity. Decked out in this manner, you will have God Himself for your lover.

--Tertullian, (160?-220? C.E.), The Apparel of Women

For the preservation of chastity, an empty and rumbling stomach and fevered lungs are indispensable.

--Jerome (340?-420 C.E.)

Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations.

--Augustine (354 C.E.- 430 C.E.)

There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity. It is this which drives us to ttry and discover the secrets of nature, those secrets which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing and which man should not wish to learn.

--Augustine (354 C.E.- 430 C.E.)

Woman was merely man's helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God.

--Augustine (354 C.E.- 430 C.E.)

And they who disbelieve and deny Our revelations, such are rightful owners of hell.

--Allah's alleged words in the Quran, 5:10

The only reward of those, who wage war against ALLAH and HIS Messenger and strive to create disorder in the land, is that they be slain or crucified or their hands and feet be cut off on account of their enmity, or they be expelled from the land. That shall be a disgrace for them in this world, and in the Hereafter they shall have a great punishment.

--Allah's alleged words in the Quran, 5:33

In front of such a one is Hell, and he is given, for drink, boiling fetid water.

--Allah's alleged words in the Quran 14:16

Kill them all, God will recognize his own.

--Arnald-Amalric, 1208 (when asked by the Crusaders what to do with the citizens of Beziers who were a mixture of Catholics and Cathars)

Woman is a misbegotten man and has a faulty and defective nature in comparison to his. Therefore she is unsure in herself. What she cannot get, she seeks to obtain through lying and diabolical deceptions. And so, to put it briefly, one must be on one's guard with every woman, as if she were a poisonous snake and the horned devil. ... Thus in evil and perverse doings woman is cleverer, that is, slyer, than man. Her feelings drive woman toward every evil, just as reason impels man toward all good.

--Albertus Magnus, Catholic bishop, 13 century

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from a defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even from some external influence.

--Thomas Aquinas, 13th century

We should always be disposed to believe that which appears to us to be white is really black, if the hierarchy of the church so decides.

--St. Ignatius Loyola (1500)

We come to conquer this land by his [King of Spain] command, that all may come to a knowledge of God and of His Holy Catholic Faith; and by reason of our good mission, God, the Creator of heaven and earth and of all things in them, permits this, in order that you may know Him and come out from the bestial and diabolical life that you lead.... Our Lord permitted that your pride should be brought low and that no Indian should be able to offend a Christian.

--Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro to the Inca emperor Atahuallpa at Peru in 1532 (quoted from Jared Diamod's "Guns, Germs, and Steel")

If a man is in open rebellion, everyone is both his judge and his executioner. . . Therefore, let everyone who can, smite, slay, and stab, secretly or openly, remembering that nothing can be more poisonous, hurtful, or devilish than a rebel. It is just as when one must kill a mad dog.

--Martin Luther (Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants, 1525)

Whoever wishes to be a Christian, let him pluck out the eyes of his reason.

--Martin Luther (First Psalm Lectures, Luther's Works, Vol. 11, p.285)

Christ wants to slay reason and subdue the arrogance of the Jews...

--Martin Luther (Sermons on the Gospel of St. John, Luther's Works, V.22, p.320)

Whoever wants to be a Christian must be intent on silencing the voice of reason.

--Martin Luther (Sermons on the Gospel of St. John, Luther's Works, V.23, p. 99)

A woman has no control over herself.

--Martin Luther (Letter to Several Nuns, 6 Aug. 1524)

God the Almighty grants to all magistrates and judges the grace to pass judgement on the wicked and to protect the devout. But how does one recognize the devout? They are those who hear God's word and believe it with their whole hearts, as Christ taught us. Who are the wicked? Those who despise God's commandment, to which they give public witness before the whole world with their sinful actions.

--Jakob Dachser (A Godly and Fundamental Revelation, 1527)

We are at fault in not slaying them [the Jews].

--Martin Luther (On the Jews and their lies, 1543)

For we must hold, that our mind never rises seriously to desire and aspire after the future, until it has learned to despise the present life. 2. For there is no medium between the two things: the earth must either be worthless in our estimation, or keep us enslaved by an intemperate love of it. Therefore, if we have any regard to eternity, we must carefully strive to disencumber ourselves of these fetters.

--John Calvin (Life of a Christian Man. Scriptural arguments exhorting to it)

Who will venture to place the authority of Copernicus above that of the Holy Spirit?

--John Calvin, citing Psalm 93:1 in his Commentary on Genesis

Thus the woman, who had perversely exceeded her proper bounds, is forced back to her own position. She had, indeed, previously been subject to her husband, but that was a liberal and gentle subjection; now, however, she is cast into servitude.

--John Calvin, (1509-1564)

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.

--Cardinal Bellarmine (during the Inquisition of Galileo)

If the people will let us alone we will preach the gospel in peace. But if they come on to molest us, we will establish our religion by the sword. We will trample down our enemies and make it one gore of blood from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. I will be to this generation a second Mohammed, whose motto in treating for peace was "the Alcoran [Koran]
or the Sword." So shall it eventually be with us.

--Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, (1805 – 1844)

Women are made to be led, and counseled, and directed....And if I am not a good man, I have no just right in this Church to a wife or wives, or the power to propagate my species. What then should be done with me? Make a eunuch of me, and stop my propagation.

--Heber C. Kimball, early LDS apostle (1801-1868)

The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life....The paramount destiny and mission of women are to fulfill the noble and benign office of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator.

--Supreme Court, 1873, upholding an Illinois law which prohibited women from becoming attorneys

If the bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.

--William Jennings Bryan

You gotta save Christianity, Richard! You gotta!

--Loretta Young to King Richard (in the movie, The Crusades, 1935)

Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord..

--Hitler (Mein Kampf, Chapter 2)

A man does not die for something which he himself does not believe in.

--Hitler (Mein Kampf, Chapter 3)

I can't understand how all this can have happened, it's enough to make one lose one's faith in God!

--Eva Braun (during the last days with Hitler)

Why, of course the people don't want war... but, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship... voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
--Hermann Goering, Nazi Commander, April 18, 1946 (Nuremberg Diary, by Gustave Gilbert)

We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.

--Harry S. Truman, in his decision to use atomic bombs on Japan, using Biblical justification (Diary, July 25, 1945)

We, the Order of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, reverentially acknowledge the majesty and supremacy of Almighty God and recognise His goodness and providence through Jesus Christ our Lord.

--Ku Klux Klan creed (from the Constitution and Laws of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan )

Mussolini: a gift from providence.

--Pope Pius XI

This stranglehold has got to be broken or this country's going down the drain.

--Rev. Billy Graham, in a 1972 conversation with Richard Nixon expressing his disdain for what he saw as Jewish domination of the media. (Nixon tapes)

A woman cannot be a priest because our Lord was a man.

--Pope Paul VI, 1977

The Jews are returning to their land of unbelief. They are spiritually blind and desperately in need of their Messiah and Savior.)

--Rev. Jerry Falwell (from his book Listen, America!)

The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.

--Rev. Jerry Falwell

I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!

--Rev. Jerry Falwell (1979)

Christ, who came meek and mild to save us from pain and suffering, was the One who talked more about hell than any other person in Scripture.

--D. James Kennedy (Why I Believe, World Publishing, 1980)

Christianity teaches that the human race is depraved, fallen, and sinful.

--D. James Kennedy (Why I Believe, World Publishing, 1980)

I believe this notion of the separation of church and state was the figment of some infidel's imagination.

--Rev. W. A. Criswell (Dallas, 1984)

I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.

--President George H. W. Bush (the First), during an August 27, 1987 interview by Rob Sherman

God has revealed to me that those doing battle for Allah and our country and meet death will immediately go to Heaven.

--The Ayatollah Khomeini (1984)

Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. ... Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.

--Jimmy Swaggart (former pop preacher)

The atomic bomb is a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise God.

--Phyllis Schlafly (Women are the Best Warmakers, 1982)

Sickness and disease will be a part of life of this planet until Jesus comes back.

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

I know there are some Christians who believe that war and their participation in it are morally wrong. While I respect their views and must allow them to follow their consciences, I do not believe the Bible teaches pacifism.

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

Whenever the civil government forbids the practice of things that God has commanded us to do, or tells us to do things He has commanded us not to do, then we are on solid ground in disobeying the government and rebelling against it.

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

Those who are not Christians go to a place of suffering and torment called hell.

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

Government was instituted by God to bring His laws to people and to carry out His will and purposes.

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

When any civil government steps outside the mandate authorized by God Almighty, then that government does not have any further claim over its citizens.

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

I believe that he [Jesus] is Lord of the government, and the church, and business and education, and, hopefully, one day, Lord of the press. I see him involved in everything. And that's why I don't want to stay just in the church, as such. I want the church to move into the world."

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

The Bible talks about everlasting fire and eternal darkness when it describes hell... We do know that hell is real and forever.

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

The heart of man is "deceitful and desperately wicked."

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

My personal feeling is that oral sex is "against nature."

--Pat Robertson (Answers to 200 of Life's most Probing Questions, Bantom Books, 1984)

There will never be world peace until God's house and God's people are given their rightful place of leadership at the top of the world. How can there be peace when drunkards, drug dealers, communists, atheists, New Age worshipers of Satan, secular humanists, oppressive dictators, greedy moneychangers, revolutionary assassins, adulterers, and homosexuals are on top?

-Pat Robertson, (The New World Order, p. 227, Word Publishing, 1991)

The strategy against the American radical left should be the same as General Douglas MacArthur employed against the Japanese in the Pacific . . . blast the individuals out of their power bunkers with hand-to-hand combat. The battle to regain the soul of America won't be pleasant, but we will win it."

--Pat Robertson (from Pat Robertson's Perspectives, April/May 1992)

Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.

--Pat Robertson

The key in terms of mental ability is chess. There's never been a woman Grand Master chess player. Once you get one, then I'll buy some of the feminism..."

--Pat Robertson [According to the Chess Federation of the U.S. there were already two women Grand Masters at that time, both from Georgia. Since Robertson's gaffe, at least three more women became Grand Masters.]

Satan . . . is as dangerous as we allow him to be. His primary weapon is deceit, and he uses it to prevent Christians from exercising the authority that is truly theirs in this world."

--Pat Robertson (The Secret Kingdom)

The inability or unwillingness to hate makes a person worthless. If we do not hate detestable things, the quality of our character is suspect. The Bible commands that we hate.

--H. A. (Buster) Dobbs, Editor of Firm Foundation magazine and Church of Christ preacher, from the June 1994 issue.

You say what's going to happen on this earth when the Rapture occurs? You'll be riding along in an automobile; you'll be the driver, perhaps; you're a Christian; there'll be several people in the automobile with you, maybe someone who is not a Christian. When the trumpet sounds, you and the other born-again Christians in that automobile will be instantly caught away, you'll disappear, leaving behind your clothing and physical things that cannot inherit eternal life. That unsaved person or persons in the automobile will suddenly be startled to find that the car is moving along without a driver, and suddenly somewhere crashes. Those saved people in the car have disappeared.

--Rev. Jerry Falwell (broadcast excerpt on National Public Radio cassette Ronald Reagan and the Prophecy of Armageddon by Joe Cuomo.)

Is he [the Antichrist] alive and here today? Probably. Because when he appears during the Tribulation period he will be a full-grown counterfeit of Christ. Of course he'll be Jewish. Of course he'll pretend to be Christ. And if in fact the Lord is coming soon, and he'll be an adult at the presentation of himself, he must be alive somewhere today.''

--Rev. Jerry Falwell at a conference in Kingsport, Tenn., 14 Jan. 1999

The Holiness of God is not evidenced in women when they are brash, brassy, boisterous, brazen, head-strong, strong-willed, loud-mouthed, overly-talkative, having to have the last word, challenging, controlling, manipulative, critical, conceited, arrogant, aggressive, assertive, strident, interruptive, undisciplined, insubordinate, disruptive, dominating, domineering, or clamoring for power. Rather, women accept God's holy order and character by being humbly and unobtrusively respectful and receptive in functional subordination to God, church leadership, and husbands.

--James Fowler, Professor of Theology, (Women in the Church, 1999)

"Execute Murderers and Abortionists."

--Bumper sticker on anti-abortionist John Burt's car

I can't help it when what I do inspires somebody to go off the deep end.

--John Burt, anti-abortionist

I talk to my only friend Jesus our "LORD"! I know "JESUS" understands my terrible desires and ect. I have tords little boys! And the main reason I murdered them little "BOYS", is because our society is so "AGAINST" the fact of "CHILDREN-DOING-SEX" together or with anybody! I believe children should be "ABLE" to do sex! And I can "ARGUE" that all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court! "SEX" is a great "GIFT" that Jesus gave us all!!!!

--Freddy Goode, serial killer, in a letter to one of his lawyers [misspellings, his].

If religious feeling is put in opposition to social change, then it does become an opium, but if it is joined to the struggle for social change then it is a wonderful medicine.

--Fidel Castro (Meeting With Evangelicals, 1990)

A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels and so on. However he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village, however selling the meat to the next door village should be fine.

--Ayatollah Khomeini, Tahrirolvasyleh, fourth volume, Darol Elm, Gom, Iran, 1990.

I want to be invisible . . . I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag. You don't know until election night."

--Ralph Reed, Director of the Christian Coalition, from the Virginian Pilot and Ledger Star, 11/9/91.

I imagine every Christian would agree that we need to remove humanism from the public schools. There is only one way to accomplish this: Abolish the public schools.

--The Reverend Robert L. Thoburn

I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good . . . our goal is a Christian nation. We have the biblical duty, we are called on by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism...

--Randall Terry, Director of Operation Rescue, from The News Sentinel (Ft. Wayne, IN, 16 August, 1993.)

God is on our side, and Satan is on the side of the United States.

--Saddam Hussein

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners... But for that very reason, I was shown mercy so that in me... Jesus Christ might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.

--Jeffrey Dahmer, convicted serial killer, in a statement to the court, Milwaukee, WI, February 17, 1992. (Note, "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners" comes from 1 Timothy 1:15)\

Suppose that you, a religious person, decide to rent out an apartment over your garage. Along comes a possible renter who seems to meet all of your requirements, except that he lets slip, in casual conversation, that he is a Satanist. . . . If you follow the law ... then you must allow on your property activities that your religion forbids. You might even fear the hellfire. . . . As we have seen, the Supreme Court has made such a mess of the right to exercise one's religion freely that there is little chance the claim for an exemption would succeed. So you would, in the name of nondiscrimination, be stuck with the Satanist.

--Stephen L. Carter (The Culture of Disbelief, pp. 136-137, 1993)

My children, Michael and Alex, are with our Heavenly Father now, and I know that they will never be hurt again. As a mom, that means more than words could ever say. . . My children deserve to have the best, and now they will. . . I have put my total faith in God, and he will take care of me.

--Susan Smith, who drowned her two children, in her confession letter, Nov. 1994

"...a noble practice which does honor to women."

--Sheik Gad Al Haq Ali Gad Al Haq (explaining Mohammed's law for removing part or all of a girl's clitoris to reduce her sexual appetite)

We should do unto others as we would want them to do unto us. If I were an unborn fetus I would want others to use force to protect me, therefore using force against abortionists is justifiable homicide.

--Paul Hill, killer of abortionist doctor

We need to do more than win an election or win the House or win the presidency, my friends: we need to make this beloved country of ours God's country once again."

--Pat Buchanan at the Christian Coalition 1995 Road to Victory Conference, as reported in the October 1995 issue of Church and State.

Our goal must be simple. We must have a Christian nation built on God's law, on the Ten Commandments. No apologies.

--Randall Terry

Both the Magisterium of the Church. . . . and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action. The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose.

--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994

God will not give Japan and Europe the honor of bringing down the United States. This honor God will bestow upon the Muslims.

--Louis Farrakhan, 1997

Before you call me crazy, these wheels will be seen all over America. You will look up one day and see them, and I don't want you to be terrified. They're your friends, black man.

--Louis Farrakhan who claims to have been brought to earth by a UFO

Screw the Buddhists and kill the Muslims.

--Henry Jordan, South Carolina board of education (when another board member said the displaying of the Ten Commandemtns in public schools might offend students of other religions)

``I am sorry for the people I killed and the people I hurt. The reason you don't see any more tears is I have been forgiven by God.''

--Luke Woodham (the teenager who shot and killed two high school students and wounding seven, after his conviction on June 13th, 1998)

" I know that Jehovah will take care of all of them in the next life. . ."

"Please know that I love Leigh Ann, Matthew and Mychelle with all of my heart. If Jehovah is willing, I would like to see all of them again in the resurrection, to have a second chance."

--Mark O. Barton, the Atlanta killer of 14 people (including his family), in a letter that explains his feelings for his murdered wife and children

I told all four [Congressional leaders] that there are going to be some times where we don't agree with each other, but that's OK. If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.

--George W. Bush (the Second), in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol, from CNN news, 18 Dec. 2000

I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way - all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."

--Jerry Falwell (13 Sep. 2001 on the Christian Broadcasting Network explaining who helped in the World Trade Center & Pentagon tragedy.)

This is America, God has sent one of the attacks by God and has attacked one of its best buildings. And this is America filled with fear from the north, south, east and west, thank God.

--Osama bin Laden, 7 Oct. 2001

It's been a fabulous year for Laura and me.

--George W. Bush, December 2001, three months after the World Trade Center attacks.

My answer is bring 'em on.

--George W. Bush, challenging militants attacking U.S. forces in Iraq, July 3, 2003

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

--George W. Bush, unwittingly telling the truth (Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004)

I know what I'm doing when it comes to winning this war.

--George W. Bush, on the Iraq war (11 Aug. 2004)