Toleration is not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it.




Toleration is not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it.

Toleration is not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. --Thomas Paine

Toleration is not the opposite of Intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding Liberty of Conscience, and the other of granting it. The one is the Pope armed with fire and faggot, and the other is the Pope selling or granting indulgences. The former is church and state, and the latter is church and traffic.

Thomas Paine

Year: 1791
Context: Rights of Man
Tags: Pope, church and state, counterfeit, despotisms, intolerance, liberty of conscience, toleration



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