"Heresy is what the minority believe;
it is the name given by the powerful
to the doctrines of the weak."
by:
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"
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Heretics and Heresies
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
I'm not sure 'heresy' is necessarily directed at the weak. Its focus is more directed at a threatening doctrine as was with its original use in religion and now as a doctrinal commentary for all those who will not get in goose step with America's war lords and dole supporting border bashers.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The 'heretics' do not call themselves that -- the name is given by those for whom the 'heresy' is a threat to their power.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    By way of example: 'Inalienable Right(s)' is but one heresy threatening the contemporary power monger's (executive, legislative, judicial, liberal, conservative, etc.).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    On the other hand, sometimes the heretics are wrong and the heresy dangerous. Jim Jones comes to mind. Would you like a cup of Kool-Aid with your heresy?
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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