Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and
without fearing to understand things that clash with their customs, privileges,
or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking;
where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless.
~ Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi – (1828-1910) Russian writer Source: On Life and Essays on Religion
Free inquiry requires that we tolerate diversity of opinion and that we respect
the right of individuals to express their beliefs, however unpopular they may be,
without social or legal prohibition or fear of success.
~ Paul Kurtz; Source: “A Secular Humanist Declaration,” in On The Barricades, 1989
This is, in theory, still a free country, but our politically correct, censorious
times are such that many of us tremble to give vent to perfectly acceptable views
for fear of condemnation. Freedom of speech is thereby imperiled, big questions
go undebated, and great lies become accepted, unequivocally as great truths.
~ Simon Heffer; Source: Daily Mail, 7 June 2000