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Who are your athiest/agnostic heros?

It seems to me that we, as non-believers, tend to put people on a pedestal for expressing views that are similar to ours. Who are the people whom you put on a pedestal? Who do you feel is the best voice for your particular version of non-belief?

EricTrommater 9 Mar 8

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The members of Rush...Neil Peart for writing the lyrics and the entire band for having the nads to express such controversial views for 40 years, at times in the face of tremendous opposition.

I'm a big fan of Neil Peart, and Rush.

@Eazyduzzit @pnullifidian Here is my very first and completely unexpected exposure to Rush. I was already a teenaged performing musician myself with aspirations of stardom so the message of Finding My Way and the overall performance skills made me an immediate fan. You can see Neil on the drums though all the songs performed were off the first album. Little did I know how he, and they, would speak to me in the years yet to come.

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Still working on that, but definitely George Carlin will be on the list.

Sagan was also a good choice, as is Bertrand Russell, Spinoza, John Lennon for some of his lyrics is also a good choice. Einstein, I admire for his outspokenness at that time, but atheism or any real tenet was not really his focus. Carlin's wit was amazing, & he nailed it so often.

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Carl Sagan. Without a doubt

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George Carlin

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None are on a pedestal, tho I read many. Or, watch videos of them. Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, Harris (the Four Horsemen), Dillahunty, Shermer, Krauss (unfortunate tho that situation is right now), Silverman, Mills, Baker, Aron Ra, many YouTube "spokesmen", Godless Cranium, Professor Stick, Thunderfoot,...the list goes on. Don't know if I agree with every little thing some state, or everything they may actually do in life, but all have contributed something in the formation of my ideas, understanding & organization of my stance.

Amen to that....oops sorry Hear hear! lol

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Carl Sagan for me.

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Albert Einstein for those who dispute it [en.wikipedia.org]

I hope Einstein's lack of faith wouldn't be questioned here, but you never know.

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Ricky Gervais is one of my favorite atheists 🙂

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john lennon paul mcartney jim morrison castro hugo chavez evo morales gorbachov chris hadfield my uncle simon

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Richard Dawkins Ricky gervais

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Hitchens, Sagan, Carlin, Dawkins, Dillahunty, Harris. Many more also.
I have to always add Jerry DeWitt. He's the first graduate of the clergy progect and I found his videos on You Tube when I wasn't sure yet on the god issue. In just a short time I said "this man is me" and I knew I was atheist. It was only then that I knew what to call my lack of belief. Dan Barker gets more than an honable mention here. I like all these guys and more.

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Thomas Paine, who was profoundly wise and forward-thinking. People of his time didn’t deserve him.

Marz Level 7 Mar 8, 2018

Love Paine but I think he was a deist.

It sure seemed like his deism was hanging by a thread. I give any deist the benefit of the doubt, if they existed in a time where they tortured and killed heathens and witches.

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George Carlin and Bill Maher

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Bertrand Russell, Robert Ingersoll, Carl Sagan and Hitch.

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Emma Goldman Author of Anarchism and other essays
Quotes
I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck
If I can't dance I'm not coming to your revoution'
if Voting changed anything they'd make it illegal.
People have as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want, and they courage to take

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One other idol, for many, many reasons...

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Sir david attenborough and george carlin

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Stephen fry and billy connoly

AdieG Level 4 Mar 8, 2018
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Mine is Butterfly McQueen, one of the few prominent African American non believers we have. She is mostly known for her role in 'Gone With The Wind', and she had a number of other mostly racially stereotyped parts, that forced her to eventually give up acting. She once said, "As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion".

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Hitch, harris, krause, dawkins

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Neil deGrasse Tyson <3 <3 <3

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My hero's have all been family members. I may admire some people, but they are not my heroes.

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Pedestal no, greatly value yes. There are many but these are the top (in no particular order):

Pat Condell for his acid wit
Matt Dillahunty for his mercilessness & plain-spoken bluntness
43 Alley for his disarming likeability & good/regular guy next door approach
Christopher Hitchens for his suavity & indignant outrage
Robert Ingersoll for his eloquence & warm sincerity
Carl Sagan for his broad perspective & intellectual rigor
Seth Andrews for his polished & well considered approach
Neil degrasse Tyson for his broad perspective & humor

quite a list

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Where do I start...Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Stephen Hawking, etc.

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Christopher Hitchens of course.

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