"Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up
his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul."
Robert G. Ingersoll
(1833-1899) American lawyer, Civil War veteran, political leader, orator of United States during the Golden Age of Free Thought, nicknamed "The Great Agnostic"
Speech, 'Plea for Individuality and Arraignment of the Church,' Delivered Before the Free Religious Society of Chicago, Dec. 21, 1873
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It sounds like a leftest, progressive, or other socialist's formula to existence.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I believe that God gave us a brain and intends for us to use it, this means questioning those who claim to speak for Him. We should not give our God given gift over to anyone!
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    I agree with Wafflers comment completely.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Indeed! It has been my experience that the search for Truth is an ever-awakening process.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Wow Waffler...We finally agree on something. Jesus spoke of anti-Christ coming and claiming to speak for Him. We should be doubtful those who claim to speak for Him, investigate their preaching and compare it with the teachings of Christ. We must, as you put it, use our brains and not be coerced by a false doctrine.
     -- Publius     
    sorry, I don't mean the final anti-Christ spoken of in Revelation, I mean people like Jim Jones and others that claim to be speaking for God in order to aggrandize themselves.
     -- Publius     
    Isn't it wonderful that we all can be so much in agreement on something. Y'all have a great weekend.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Ingersoll was a compassionate, brilliant, and highly moral human being, and probably the greatest orator in America.
     -- dick, fort worth     
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