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View Quote I don't withdraw a word of my initial statement. But I do now think it may have been incomplete. There is perhaps a fifth category, which may belong under "insane" but which can be more sympathetically characterized by a word like tormented, bullied, or brainwashed. Sincere people who are not ignorant, not stupid, and not wicked can be cruelly torn, almost in two, between the massive evidence of science on the one hand, and their understanding of what their holy book tells them on the other. I think this is one of the truly bad things religion can do to a human mind. There is wickedness here, but it is the wickedness of the institution and what it does to a believing victim, not wickedness on the part of the victim himself.
View Quote Richard Dawkins "Ignorance Is No Crime", Free Inquiry 21 (3), Summer 2001, ISSN 0272-0701
View Quote Regarding his 1989 statement "It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that)."
View Quote Oh yes, friend! I'm crazy- that's just the way I am.
View Quote Laxmi Prasad Devkota, Lunatic
View Quote In women, courage is often mistaken for insanity.
View Quote Doctor in Iron Jawed Angels.
View Quote Great wits are sure to madness near alli'd.
View Quote John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel (1681). To stand in true relations with men in a false age is worth a fit of insanity, is it not? ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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