Listening to an older episode of DB Skeptic, I heard a paraphrase of a quote from Christopher Hitchens that I thought was quite humorous, but also quite accurate in it’s portrayal of theism.
Theism is “the wish to be a slave under a totalitarian being”, one that watches you at all times, is overly concerned about your sex life, needs constant worship, and wants you to slice the tops off penises. It’s “a celestial North Korea”. And, “the tyranny only begins by your death”, and during your life, you are forbidden to think for yourself or to gain scientific knowledge.
And to balance out the post, I’ll also include a quote from Sam Harris about Atheism:
The entirety of atheism is contained in this response. Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny the obvious. Unfortunately, we live in a world in which the obvious is overlooked as a matter of principle. The obvious must be observed and re-observed and argued for. This is a thankless job. It carries with it an aura of petulance and insensitivity. It is, moreover, a job that the atheist does not want.