„O God! If I worship You for fear of Hell, burn me in Hell
and if I worship You in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise.
But if I worship You for Your Own sake,
grudge me not Your everlasting Beauty.“

—  Rabia of Basri, as quoted in Khushwant Singh, The Freethinker's Prayer Book (2013), p. 35
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„What you worship in the Christ child, you poor little marriage-ridden man, is your own yearning for sexual freedom!“

—  Wilhelm Reich Austrian-American psychoanalyst 1897 - 1957
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