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Author:Blinderman, Charles S.
Position:CLASSIC HUMANIST - Humanist on intolerance - Brief article

Since we can never be completely sure of anything, the humanist may not emulate his betters in stifling criticism--even if he had the power to do so. Intolerance should be real, vocal, decisive, constant, obnoxious, but it should neither compel others to come in nor silence them. The flat-earth advocate, the voodoo priest, Pope Paul VI, may, after all, be right in their peculiar metaphysical notions. Yet the skeptical understanding should not eviscerate the humanist commitment. The humanist has work to do to educate, to expose people to alternatives to popular beliefs. His mission is, in one sense, Promethean, for God may be less the Father...

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