Friday, June 23, 2006

Common sense


Toleration is not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding Liberty of Conscience, and the other of granting it. The one is the Pope armed with fire and faggot, and the other is the Pope selling or granting indulgences. The former is church and state, and the latter is church and traffic

Tom Paine - The rights of man.

I've been trying to track this quote down for months - it's a startling rejoinder to multi-culturalism and it's opponents - multicultuyralism is not the answer - state recognition of minorities and opinions - but liberty, universal and undiluted.


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