God

It is absurd to call him a God of justice and goodness, who inflicts evil indiscriminately on the good and the wicked, upon the innocent and the guilty. It is idle to demand the the unfortunate should console themselves for their misfortunes in the very arms of the one who alone is the author of them.

— Jean Mislier, Superstition of all Ages

The Judaical and Christian theology shows us a partial God who chooses or rejects, who loves or hates, according to caprice; in short, a tyrant who plays with his creatures; who punishes in the world the whole human species for the crimes of a single man; who predestines the greater number of mortals to be his enemies, to the end that he may punish them to all eternity, for having received from him the liberty of declaring against him.

— Denis Diderot, Footnote to d’Holbach’s The System of Nature, 1770

We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.

— James Madison

God Himself has no right to be a tyrant.

— William Godwin, Sketches of History, 1784

No actual tyrant known to history has ever been guilty of one-hundredth of the crimes, massacres, and other atrocities attributed to the Deity in the Bible.

— Steve Allen, More Steve Allen

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