A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 04, 2014
“Science flies you to the moon; religion flies you into buildings”

Victor J. Stenger, an American particle physicist and religious skeptic, wrote in The New Atheism:Taking a Stand for Science and Reason (2009):

“Science flies us to the moon. Religion flies us into buildings.”

The latter sentence refers to the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The word “us” is replaced by “you” ("Science flies you to the moon; religion flies you into buildings") in many citations. “Moon” is infrequently replaced by ‘Mars” ("Science flies you to Mars; religion flies you into buildings").


Wikipedia: Victor J. Stenger
Victor John Stenger is an American particle physicist, philosopher, author, and religious skeptic.

Following a career as a research scientist in the field of particle physics, Stenger is now associated with New Atheism and he also writes popular science books. As of July 2013, he has published twelve books for general audiences on physics, quantum mechanics, cosmology, philosophy, religion, atheism, and pseudoscience, including the 2007 best-seller God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist. His latest book is God and the Atom: From Democritus to the Higgs Boson (2013).
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He is a strong advocate for removing the influence of religion from scientific research, commercial activity, and the political decision process, and he coined the popular phrase “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings”.

Google Books
The New Atheism:
Taking a Stand for Science and Reason

By Victor J. Stenger
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books
2009
Pg. 59:
Science flies us to the moon. Religion flies us into buildings.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.
By VICTOR STENGER
Added: Saturday, 31 January 2009 at 7:00 PM
Victor Stenger thought of this great original slogan as a possible ad for the bus campaign, or perhaps for something else? Maybe we could start running ads like this as banner ads on popular websites, too?

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Christopher Meister
‏@cmeister
“Science flies you to the Moon. Religion Flies you into buildings.” New Atheism? maaaaybe? Mostly a cheap potshot. http://bit.ly/9hWtrF
9:27 AM - 21 Mar 2010

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Tanya
‏@rain_cascades
Just saw a bumper sticker that read “Science flies you to Mars; religion flies you into buildings.” #thisispoetry
7:33 AM - 10 Aug 2012

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40charsorlesspls ‏@nine11inreverse Feb 10
remember the phony atheist @RichardDawkins said: “science flies you to the moon religion flies you into buildings”
http://empirestrikesblack.com/2013/04/on-richard-dawkins-and-how-atheism-has-become-a-warmongering-religion/

Richard Dawkins
‏@RichardDawkins
@nine11inreverse It was not I who coined that splendid aphorism. I wish it were. It may have been Victor Stenger.
12:55 PM - 10 Feb 2014

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Joe.
‏@joeoconnor9
Victor J Stenger still wins the atheist quote of the century though.
‘Science flies you the moon. Religion flies you into buildings’.
from Winterbourne
5:31 PM - 4 Jun 2014

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