„My 'morals' were sound, even a bit puritanic, but when a hidebound old deacon inveighed against dancing I rebelled. By the time of graduation I was still a 'believer' in orthodox religion, but had strong questions which were encouraged at Harvard. In Germany I became a freethinker and when I came to teach at an orthodox Methodist Negro school I was soon regarded with suspicion, especially when I refused to lead the students in public prayer. When I became head of a department at Atlanta, the engagement was held up because again I balked at leading in prayer. I refused to teach Sunday school. When Archdeacon Henry Phillips, my last rector, died, I flatly refused again to join any church or sign any church creed. From my 30th year on I have increasingly regarded the church as an institution which defended such evils as slavery, color caste, exploitation of labor and war..“

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—  Stephen Fry English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist 1957
2000s, That’s not nice, it isn’t nice. "The Catholic church is a force for good in the world", November 7th 2009, Abridged Intelligence² debate speech.

„When I confessed my sins, I labored to remember the time when and the place where I committed them.“

—  Ann Lee English Shaker leader 1736 - 1784
The Communistic Societies of the United States (1875), Context: When I confessed my sins, I labored to remember the time when and the place where I committed them. And when I had confessed them, I cried to God to know if my confession was accepted; and by crying to God continually I traveled out of my loss.

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„I shall offer uncompromising resistance to any measure which may throw obstacles in the way of the teaching of religion in elementary schools. I will not consent in the name of religious freedom, to banish religion from education; or, in the name of religious equality, to plunder the Church.“

—  Arthur James Balfour British Conservative politician and statesman 1848 - 1930
President of the Local Government Board, Election address for the 1885 general election, quoted in Blanche E. C. Dugdale, Arthur James Balfour, First Earl of Balfour, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., Etc. 1848–1905 (London: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd, 1936), p. 72

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„The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school.“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
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„The leading public men of the South, in our early history, were almost all against it. Jefferson was against it. This I freely admit, when the authority of their names is cited. It was a question which they did not, and perhaps could not, thoroughly understand at that time.“

—  Alexander H. Stephens Vice President of the Confederate States (in office from 1861 to 1865) 1812 - 1883
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„I little thought, when the war was finished, that any circumstances could possibly have happened, which would call the General into public life again.“

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