January 28, 2012

Respect starts with truth...

We talk much about "respecting" this or that person's religion; but the way to respect a religion is to treat it as a religion: to ask what are its tenets and what are the consequences. But modern tolerance is deafer than intolerance. The old religious authorities, at least, defined a heresy before they condemned it, and read a book before they burned it. But we are always saying to a Mormon or a Moslem — "Never mind about your religion, come to my arms." To which he naturally replies — "But I do mind about my religion, and I advise you to mind your eye."
      — GK Chesterton, The Illustrated London News, 13 May 1911.

(Thanks to The Hebdomadal Chesterton)

Posted by John Weidner at January 28, 2012 7:49 PM
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