"A virgin can conceive. A dead body can walk again. Your leprosy can be cured. The blind can see. Nonsense. It's not moral to lie to children. It's not moral to lie to ignorant, uneducated people and tell them that if they only would believe nonsense, they can be saved. It's immoral."
"People are frightened of death, and the central lie of all religion is that there's a cure for this, and that an exception can be made in your own case. Well, I'm sorry, but I think it's the height of immorality to lie to people like that. That's why religion survives."
“We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.”
"We keep being told: 'respect faith.' Well, I actually don't. Because I don't think that lying to children is a respectable occupation."
– Christopher Hitchens