Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Bigotry in Politics & Religion

What an effort, my dear Sir, of bigotry in Politics & Religion have we gone through! The barbarians really flattered themselves that they should be able to bring back the times of power & priestcraft. All advances in sciences were proscribed as innovations. They pretended to praise and encourage education, but it was to be the education of our ancestors. We were to look backwards, not forwards. for improvement.

Letter to Joseph Priestly, March 21, 1801

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