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Quotes

Quotations concerning or
exhibiting religious intolerance

By persons with last names beginning K to R

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Some quotations which are religiously intolerant, or which discuss religious intolerance, are listed below:

Continued from a list of quotes E to J

Robert F. Kennedy:

"Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired."

Federico Mayor, Director-general of UNESCO (1987-1999)

"It is intolerable that the world's religions -- founded on the values of love and compassion -- should provide a pretext for the expression of hatred and violence."

Josh McDowell, at a Youth for Christ rally in 1994:

"Tolerance is the worst roar of all, including tolerance for homosexuals, feminists, and religions that don't follow Christ." 5

Harvey Milk, at a 1978 Gay Freedom Day Rally. (Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, was killed later that year by a fanatic).

"The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, THAT my friends, is true perversion."

Editor's note: If one defines religion in the narrow sense to include belief in God, then his statement is probably not true. If one defines religion very broadly to include National Socialism and Communism, then it is probably true, at least for the 20th century and 21st century to date.

Richard D. Mohr, "A More Perfect Union:"

"Religious belief is a fine guide around which a person might organize his own life, but an awful instrument around which to organize someone else's life."

Blaise Paschal: Often attributed to Sam J. Ervin, Jr., in "Protecting the Constitution" (1984).

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." 

Pope John Paul II. Stated at a mass rally in Mexico City on 1999-JAN-25:

"Only faith in Christ gives rise to a culture contrary to egotism and death."

Rabbi Ya'acov Perin

"One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail." 1

Robert E. Regier & Timothy J. Dailey

"Our founders expected that Christianity -- and no other religion -- would receive support from the government as long as that support did not violate people's consciences and their right to worship. They would have found utterly incredible the idea that all religions, including paganism, be treated with equal deference." 2

Ronald Reagan

"Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." 3

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"REL Guy," posting on an Amazon.com forum "What is wrong with Christians?" on 2008-MAY-05:

"I find tolerance based on the intolerance of intolerance intolerable."  

Pat Robertson, Fundamentalist Christian minister,:

bulletIn New York Magazine, 1986-AUG-18:

"It is interesting, that termites don't build things, and the great builders of our nation almost to a man have been Christians, because Christians have the desire to build something. He is motivated by love of man and God, so he builds. The people who have come into (our) institutions (today) are primarily termites. They are into destroying institutions that have been built by Christians, whether it is universities, governments, our own traditions, that we have.... The termites are in charge now, and that is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived for a godly fumigation." 4

bulletOn The 700 Club, 1991-JAN-14:

"You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don't have to be nice to them."

bulletAs quoted in M. Schwartz & K. J. Cooper, "Equal Rights Initiative in Iowa Attacked," Washington Post, 1992-AUG-23, Page A15:

"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."

Adrian Rodgers prominent Evangelical teleminister:

"Never, never, never join a movement that persecutes people because of their faith."

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  1. From his eulogy at the funeral of mass murderer Dr. Baruch Goldstein, who killed about 48 Palestinians in a machine-gun attack at Muslims in prayer in a mosque at the Tomb of Abraham in Hebron, Palestine. The quote was reported in an article by Clyde Haberman in the New York Times, 1994-FEB-28.
  2. Robert E. Regier and Timothy J. Dailey criticized a prayer delivered on 2000-SEP-14, by a Hindu priest, Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala of the Shiva Vishnu Hindu Temple in Parma, OH. It opened a session of the U.S. House of Representatives. Criticism of the prayer appeared on 2000-SEP-21 in the Culture Facts section of the Family Research Council's (FRC) web site. It was also Emailed or mailed to the subscribers of Culture Facts, a weekly newsletter. It was later removed from the FRC web site. More details.
  3. Quoted in the Massachusetts Family Institute's E-Alert for 2004-JUL-09.
  4. It is perhaps worthwhile noting that the end result of fumigation is the deaths of large numbers of unwanted, formerly living, animals.
  5. Josh McDowell, et. al, have written a book that opposes what they refer to as the "New Tolerance." It is titled "The New Tolerance: How a Cultural Movement Threatens to Destroy You, Your Faith, and Your Children," Tyndale House Pub., (1998). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

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First published: 2002-FEB-19
Last updated and reviewed: 2009-FEB-15
Compiled by: B.A. Robinson

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