"We must respect
the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense
and to the extent that
we respect his theory
that his wife is beautiful
and his children smart."
H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic
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This quote bothers me and I agree up to the first comma. It's like a KKK clansman says publicly, "blacks are entitled to the same rights as me", while scheming privately with other clansmen to murder blacks.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    Beyond the limit of respect, Mencken still includes respect and there is no implication of prejudice or hate. He is simply being realistic that respect does not mean agreement.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    Yeah Joe, sometimes I think you're crazy man.
     -- Anonymous, Raleigh, NC     
    Not often do I agree with Dick but, 'yes'.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Pretending to be agreeable but not agreeable.
     -- Cal, lewisville, tx     
    H.L. is one of my favorites and he hits the nail on the head.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
     -- Henry, Edinboro, Pennsylvania      
     -- watchman 13, USA      
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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