In­tel­lec­tual in­tegrity

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

In re­sponse to David Fer­gu­son, who has in­formed us of his dis­plea­sure of be­ing sub­jected to my let­ters each month: David, surely you jest. Con­trary to your wishes, the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States guar­an­tees ev­ery cit­i­zen the right to free speech. How­ever, you can take so­lace in the fact that there are many like you who, for what­ever rea­son, fail to grasp the con­cept of free speech, but whole­heart­edly em­brace any num­ber of ab­surd no­tions im­mor­tal­ized by re­li­gious pro­pa­ganda.

It would seem that in­di­vid­u­als who have a re­li­gious con­vic­tion that their faith can­not be shaken by con­trary ev­i­dence are the first to in­sist that con­trary ev­i­dence be sup­pressed. When cen­sor­ship is im­posed upon so­ci­ety, in­stead of cre­at­ing an en­light­ened cit­i­zenry, it pro­duces a herd of fa­nat­i­cal big­ots. Those who op­pose free speech and ra­tio­nal di­a­logue are stand­ing much in the way of civ­i­liza­tion.

In all hon­esty, I have grave doubts about the fu­ture of the hu­man race, as the masses of the world con­tinue to take their guid­ance from a plen­ti­ful as­sort­ment of gods who are merely the ren­der­ings of their gen­er­ous imag­i­na­tion, and they sim­ply ac­cept the fan­tasy that has the most sat­is­fy­ing con­clu­sion.

In my opin­ion, the virtue of in­tel­lec­tual in­tegrity (de­cid­ing ques­tions in ac­cor­dance with the ev­i­dence) is of far greater so­cial value than all the dogma of or­ga­nized re­li­gion put to­gether.

I would like to thank Gail Cnudde for her kind words. Sem­per fi.



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