"And, finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself;
that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and
has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition
disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate,
errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them."
by:
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source:
The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom, 1786
http://religiousfreedom.lib.virginia.edu/sacred/vaact.html
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 -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas      
As it has been said, "The truth will out". Let's just hope it "outs" before, not after the Socialists have taken complete control of the country.
 -- jim k, austin     
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    Free debate without human interposition must be allowed for truth to prevail. That of course is the point of various interests trying to impose speech codes on everyone and making certain topics off limits. "Why, that was a racist attack"...."the science is settled"....or simply shout down your opponent or throw a pie in his face: those are the tactics of people who are on the wrong side of truth. If honest people allow them to succeed with these tactics, truth will not prevail.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    The reason people lie is because the price of the truth seems too much to bear -- or the profit is too much to resist. When the truth conflicts with our desires we either have to suffer from 'unfullfilment' or deny unpleasant truths thus ensuring an illusory world. Eventually we stumble and our house of cards collapses. (Don't worry -- we usually start immediately putting it back together -- pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I like Jefferson's equating truth to 'her'. In most ancient religions, truth was referred to in the feminine and represented in the heart. Other than that, I still like it.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Will end with the fairness doctrine.
     -- warren, olathe     
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