Barry Goldwater quote
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Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 10:50:25 PM EST
Just saw this quote from Goldwater, and as many stories on T2A deal with the Religious Right, I thought some here would find it timely and perhaps even a little prescient.
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"Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them...

There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.'" - Barry Goldwater, prophet.
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http://www.theatlantic.com/daily-dish/archive/2006/11/quote-for-t he-day/232168/




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I always find this quote from Orwell to be the easiest explanation of people with this mind set, they "are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent. Each of them tacitly claims that 'the truth' has been revealed, and that the heretic, if he is not simply a fool, is secretly aware of 'the truth' and merely resists it out of selfish motives." This is from a brilliant essay entitled The Prevention of Literature.

by Hirador on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 09:18:12 PM EST

That really is a timely quote and great warning.

by gregmetzger on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:55:28 AM EST

There are many such religious quotes and I really enjoyed reading this one too. I think people have to read such articles for improving self respect and achieve positive things in life. This one is really helpful to me and thanks for sharing such valuable and wonderful article.
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