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"We ought to be very cautious in the prosecution of magic and heresy.
The attempt to put down these two crimes may be extremely perilous
to liberty, and may be the origin of a number of petty acts of tyranny
if the legislator be not on his guard; for as such an accusation
does not bear directly on the overt acts of a citizen,
but refers to the idea we entertain of his character."

Charles-Louis De Secondat
(1689-1755) Baron de Montesquieu
The Spirit of the Laws, 1748

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