I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. —Evelyn Beatrice Hall, but often attributed to Voltaire
[T]he true natural sciences lock together in theory and evidence to form the ineradicable technical base of modern civilization. The pseudosciences satisfy personal psychological needs… but lack the ideas or the means to contribute to the technical base. —Edward O. Wilson Sexually progressive cultures gave us mathematics, literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust. Not that I’m trying to load my argument, of course. —Alan Moore
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
—Adam Smith (1723-90) Scottish economist. The Wealth of Nations, 1776.
Just because homophobia is more socially acceptable than racism doesn't make it any better.
Full sexual consciousness and a natural regulation of sexual life mean the end of mystical feelings of any kind. In other words, natural sexuality is the deadly enemy of mystical religion. The church, by making the fight over sexuality the center of its dogmas and of its influence over the masses, confirms this concept.
All rational action is in the first place individual action. Only the individual thinks. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual acts.
—Ludwig von Mises
To paraphrase Dick Cheney, the anti-gay insurgency is in its last throes (and this time, it happens to be true). That's why they're reacting with such zealous fervor, because the ideological hegemony their bigotry once enjoyed is on the way out. Once again, the promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are being extended where they were previously denied. And there's nothing they can do to stop it.
Resistance to tyranny is mankind's highest ideal.
Conservatism was always the philosophy of Nativism, Protectionism, Nationalism, Militarism, Altruism, Traditionalism, Mercantilism, Racism, Sexism, and Theocracy. The only reason why Conservatism became friendly with Individualism was to Combat Radicalism in the form of Communism, Political Correctness, and Forced Integration. Let us not forget that Political Conservatism is the enemy, not the friend of Libertarianism.
I happen to find homophobia shocking and appalling. I think it is morally corrupt. I would like to see it removed. Where is my form?
Bad facts make bad law, and people who write bad laws are in my opinion more dangerous than songwriters who celebrate sexuality.
All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.
—George Bernard Shaw
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
—John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859
'Theocracy' has always been the synonym for a bleak and narrow, if not a fierce and blood-stained tyranny.
—William Archer (1667-1735)
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Universal human rights exist, whether religion recognizes them or not, and we have to stand up for this.
—Christopher HitchensMy Political Views
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