Religious freedom

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Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.
William Feather
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  • They [the Pilgrims] believed in freedom of thought for themselves and for all other people who believed exactly as they did.
    • Will Cuppy, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody, 1950
  • Intolerance is the natural concomitant of strong faith; tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty... certainty is murderous.
  • The tolerance of liberty can be maintained until complete federal and state control by Catholics has been accomplished.
  • What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.
  • A genuinely democratic society requires a secular ethos: one that does not equate morality with religion, stigmatize atheists, defer to religious interests and aims over others or make religious belief an informal qualification for public office. Of course, secularism in the latter sense is not mandated by the First Amendment. It's a matter of sensibility, not law.
  • If believers feel that their faith is trivialized and their true selves compromised by a society that will not give religious imperatives special weight, their problem is not that secularists are antidemocratic but that democracy is antiabsolutist.
    • Ellen Willis, "Freedom from Religion," The Nation (February 19, 2001)
  • For democrats, it's as crucial to defend secular culture as to preserve secular law. And in fact the two projects are inseparable: When religion defines morality, the wall between church and state comes to be seen as immoral.
    • Ellen Willis, "Freedom from Religion," The Nation (February 19, 2001)

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