12 December 2008


STANTON, ELIZABETH CADY, American feminist, social reformer (1815-1902):

• “The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of woman’s emancipation.”

• “Every form of religion which has breathed upon this earth has degraded women. Man himself could not do this; but when he declares ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ of course he can do it.”

• “The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstitions of the Christian religion.”

• “Woman’s discontent increases in exact proportion to her development.” (Running Press, The Quotable Woman, 1991)

ANTHONY, SUSAN B., American suffragette (1820-1906):

• “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

• “I tell them I have worked 40 years to make the W.S. platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon.”(speaking about the Women's Suffrage platform)

• “I was born a heretic... I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows.”

• “To no form of religion is woman indebted for one impulse of freedom, as all alike have taught her inferiority and subjection... Throughout this protracted and disgraceful assault on American womanhood, the clergy baptized each new insult and act of injustice in the name of the Christian religion, and uniformly asked God’s blessing on proceedings that would have put to shame an assembly of Hottentots.” (Statement signed by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Matilda Joslyn Gage.)

• “The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God.”(from Rufus K. Noyes, Views of Religion, quoted from James A. Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief)

• “What you should say to outsiders is that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it.” (Susan B. Anthony: A Biography, by Kathleen Barry, New York University Press, 1988, p.310)

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