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I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that's ever happened to me has taught me compassion. Ellen DeGeneres
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers. Denis Diderot
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. Alexander Hamilton
Any body of men who believe in hell will persecute whenever they have the power. Joseph McCabe
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution. Jonathan Swift
Stated briefly, the problem confronting the colored peoples of the world is how to live in freedom, peace and security without being invaded, subjugated, expropriated, persecuted and humiliated by Caucasians justifying their actions by the myth of racial superiority.. George Samuel Schuyler
There is a systematic plan of destruction of Turkish villages and extinction of the Moslem population. Inter-Allied Commission of Enquiry
Any open society that tolerates intolerance, sees tolerance disappear and the tolerant along with it. Chris Hedges
If God himself did not compel obedience, than no man should try. Jon Meacham
Religion is as much a living spring of violence today as it was at any time in the past. The recent conflicts in Palestine (Jews versus Muslims), the Balkans (Orthodox Serbians versus Catholic Croatians; Orthodox Serbians versus Bosnian and Albanian Muslims), Northern Ireland (Protestants versus Catholics), Kashmir (Muslims versus Hindus), Sudan (Muslims versus Christians and animists), Nigeria (Muslims versus Christians), Ethiopia and Eritrea (Muslims versus Christians), Sri Lanka (Sinhalese Buddhists versus Tamil Hindus), Indonesia (Muslims versus Timorese Christians), Iran and Iraq (Shiite versus Sunni Muslims), and the Caucasus (Orthodox Russians versus Chechen Muslims; Muslim Azerbaijanis versus Catholic and Orthodox Armenians) are merely a few cases in point. In these places religion has been the explicit cause of literally millions of deaths in the last 10 years. Sam Harris
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong. George Washington
If you are a Christian, you are in danger. Even if you are an atheist, you are in danger, and if you decide to convert to Islam, this will not save you, either, because traditional Islam is inimical to the conditions and objectives set by them [the terrorists]. If you are prepared to become a most radical Islamist and are prepared to circumcise yourself, I invite you to come to Moscow. I will recommend having the operation done in such a way that nothing will grow for you there anymore. Vladimir Putin
My prison shall be my grave before I will budge a jot; for I owe my conscience to no mortal man. William Penn
Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established. And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace. Muhammad
Fight them until there is no more disbelievers and all submit to the religion of Allah alone in the whole world. Muhammad
Once started religious strife has a tendency to go on and on, to become permanent feuds. Mahathir Mohamad
I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth. Thomas Jefferson
During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution. In no instance have...the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people James Madison
Americans should be free to make their own choice of life styles and private habits without being subject to discrimination or persecution. David Ginsburg (lawyer)
States shall not expel or return a refugee … to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. United Nations
The tale is one of an evil time, When souls were fettered and thought was crime, And heresy's whisper above its breath Meant shameful scourging and bonds and death! John Greenleaf Whittier
Why is there persecution in Germany today. Jewish persecution only followed after Christians first were persecuted. Charles E. Coughlin
The whole history of the last thousands of years has been a history of religious persecutions and wars, pogroms, jihads, crusades. I find it all very regrettable, to say the least Steven Weinberg
Because atheists are so hated in our culture, most atheists don’t let people know they’re atheists…a lot of them stay in the closet. Lori Lipman Brown
Consider my Situation: I was a forty nine year old man facing life in prison for encouraging people to face up to new options with courage and intelligence. The American government was being run by Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, Robert Haldeman, G. Gordon Liddy, J. Edgar Hoover and other cynical flouters of the democratic process Timothy Leary
So shall thy government be rent from thee and thy house. Thomas Aldam
Owing to the shortcomings of human nature, past events are easily forgotten with the passage of time. Therefore, it is worth protecting and confirming in writing what has been concluded by legal persons in contract … Any affair discussed in the presence of My Royal Highness be confirmed in writing. Bella III
They'll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the National Anthem. Humphrey Bogart
Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and overzealous piety. Edmund Burke
Though a man escape every other danger, he can nether wholly escape those who do not want such a person as he to exist. Demosthenes
It is the duty of every Catholic to persecute heretics. Gregory IX
Opinions become dangerous to a state only when persecution makes it necessary for the people to communicate their ideas under the bond of secrecy. Charles James Fox
The slayers of the heretics are the worst heretics of all. Balthasar Huebmaier
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar.... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen. Aldous Huxley
Men and women straying from the Catholic faith have abandoned themselves to devils, incubi and succubi, and by incantations … have slain infants in the mother’s womb …. They hinder men from performing the sex act and women from conceiving … Innocent VIII; Giovanni Battista Cibo
Government, as will as religion, has furnished its schisms, its persecutions, and its devices for fattening idleness on the earnings of the people. Thomas Jefferson
The hocus-pocus phantasy of a God, like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs. Thomas Jefferson
To punish a man because he has committed a crime, or because he is believed, though unjustly, to have committed a crime, is not persecution. To punish a man, because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Can nothing be done to waken our Christian land from its lethargy regarding the suffering and dreadful wrongs endured by our helpless fellow-Christians in Africa? Will you all allow them to continue to be murdered and tortured … merely because … it will cost a little diplomacy, a little effort, and perhaps a little expense to secure them the best rights due to humanity. Alexander Mackay
Freedom arises from the multiplicity of sects, which pervades America and which is the best and only security for religious liberty in any society. For where there is such a variety of sects, there can not be a majority of any one sect to oppress and persecute the rest. James Madison
It may not be easy, in every possible case, to trace the line of separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority with such distinctness as to avoid collisions and doubts on unessential points. The tendency of a usurpation on one side or the other, or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them, will be best guarded by an entire abstinence of the Government from interference in any way whatever, beyond the necessity of preserving public order, and protecting each sect against trespass on its legal rights by others. James Madison
Mr. Speaker, there is no real persecution of Jews in Germany. Louis Thomas McFadden
Persecuted truth has triumphed everywhere over protected and powerful error. Charles Montalembert
Where there is a duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat. John Morley
There was a strict command throughout all the churches that there should be no persecutions among them, that there should be an equality among all men. Book of Mormon
The line between investigation and persecution is a very fine one. Edward R. Murrow
It is necessary to investigate before legislating. But the line between investigation and persecution is a fine one. Edward R. Murrow
[On Pope Pius XII:] Allow us to ask the great honor of being able to thank personally His Holiness for the generosity he has shown us when we were persecuted during the terrible period of Nazi Fascism. Anonymous
I am a priest, I am a priest; you will not slay me! David Beacon
It is hard to imagine, considering the inherent silliness, cruelty and superstition of the human race, how it has contrived to last as long as it has. The witch-hunting, the torturing, the gullibility, the massacres, the intolerance, the wild futility of human behaviour over the centuries is hardly credible. And the laws, as they stand today, are almost inconceivably stupid. With all this brilliant scientific knowledge of atom splitting and nuclear physics, etc., we are still worshipping at different shrines, imprisoning homosexuals, imposing unnecessary and completely irrelevant restrictions on each other. Hearts can be withdrawn from human beasts, dead hearts, and, after a little neat manipulation, popped back again as good as new. The skies can be conquered. Sputniks can whiz round and round the globe and be controlled and guided. People are still genuflecting before crucifixes and Virgin Marys, still persecuting other people for being coloured or Jewish or in some way different from what they apparently should be. There are wars being waged at this very moment in Indonesia, Algeria, the Middle East, Cyprus, etc. The Pope still makes pronouncements against birth control. The Ku-Klux-Klan is still, if permitted, ready to dash out and do some light lynching. God, for millions of people, is still secure in his heaven, and My Fair Lady opened in London last night. Noel Coward
I denounce the madness that has taken possession of the Nazis of Germany in these days of persecution of helpless, innocent Jews whose only offense is that they are members of the race of which Jesus … was a member. Michael Joseph Curley
Santa Fe is a quiet little town, and is kept clean and in good order. The governor, Lopez, was common soldier at the time of the revolution, but has now been seventeen years in power. This stability of government is owing to his tyrannical habits, for tyranny seems as yet better adapted to these countries than republicanism. The governor’s favorite occupation is hunting Indians … Charles Darwin
[It is] an offense for more than five persons, commonly called Quakers, to assemble in any place under pretense of joining in a religious worship not authorized by the laws of this realm. England
Catholics, Lutherans, Reformed, Jews and other Christian sects live in this state, and live together in peace. If the sovereign, actuated by a mistaken zeal, declares himself for one religion or another, parties spring up, heated disputes ensue, little by little persecutions will commence and, in the end, the religion persecuted will leave the fatherland, and millions of subjects will enrich our neighbors by their skill and industry. Frederick II
When one occupant of this house visits another he rings three times. That has been agreed, so that no one catches fright. A simple ring could be the police. Victor Klemperer
There is now at sea a ship called the Welcome, which has on board an hundred or more of the heretics and malignants called "Quakers," with W. Penn, who is the chief scamp, at the head of them. The general court [governmental body of Massachusetts] has accordingly given secret orders to Master Malachi Huscott, of the brig Porpoise, to waylay the said Penn and his ungodly crew, so that the Lord may be glorified, and not mocked on the soil of this new country with the heathen worship [sic] of these people. Much spoil can be made by selling the whole lot to Barbados, where slaves fetch good prices in rum and sugar. Cotton Mather
Revolutions of ages do not oft recover the loss of a rejected truth, for the want of which whole nations fare the worse. We should be wary therefore what persecution we raise against the living labors of public men John Milton
If my son were to oppose the Catholic Church, I myself would carry the faggots to burn him. Philip II
The phrase E pluribus unum aside, America was founded on fragmentation – by people fleeing religious, political and cultural “community.” James Poniewozik
Alas, how many have been persecuted for the wrong of having been right? Jean-Baptiste Say
You cannot but expect, that the offence continually arising from such a variety of provocations [reforming current religious groups] will gradually ripen into hatred, malice, and all other unkind tempers. And as they who are thus affected will not fail to represent you to others in the same light as you appear to them, -- sometimes as madmen and fools, sometimes as wicked men, fellows not fit to live upon the earth; the consequence, humanly speaking, must be, that, together with your reputation, you will lose, first, the love of your friends, relations, and acquaintance, even those who once loved you the most tenderly; then your business, for many will employ you no longer, nor buy of such an one as you are;and, in due time, … your health, liberty, and life. John Wesley
I persecuted the native inhabitants of England beyond all reason. William I
Friends and fellow-soldiers! These are our country's gods, and these we honor with a worship derived from our remotest ancestors. But he who leads the army now opposed to us has proved false to the religion of his forefathers, and adopted atheistic sentiments, honoring in his infatuation some strange and unheard-of Deity, with whose despicable standard he now disgraces his army, and confiding in whose aid he has taken up arms, and is now advancing, not so much against us as against those very gods whom he has forsaken. Flavius Galerius Valerius Licinianus Licinius
The moral influence of the Chief Magistrate of the United State would be, under Heaven, the best aid we could invoke for the protection of our persecuted brethren under the Mohammedan domain. Isaac Leeser
All Jews who may possess property, either in town or country, permanent or moveable, or rents, or interest, or any right involving shares in funded property, or leased landed property, must, within the term of three months from this day, dispose of it by a positive and real, and not by any pretended or factitious contract. Should this not be done within the time specified, the Holy Office is to sell the same by public auction No Hebrew, either male or female, shall frequent the houses of Christians, or maintain friendly relations with a Christian man or woman Vicenzo Salina
Every kind of revolutionary work without exception is made very difficult in our country today by persecution from the police, but that does not mean that the white terror has achieved its aim, i.e., that it has “rooted out sedition”. Action calls for counteraction, persecution gives birth to self-sacrifice, and no matter how energetic the reactionary steps taken by the government, the revolutionary will always be able to evade them if only he devotes the necessary amount of energy to that purpose. G. V. Plekhanov
When we talk about the Constitution of the United States, we are sometimes apt to quote—"Vox populi, vox Dei;" that is, The voice of the people is the voice of God. But in some places they ought to say, VOX POPULI, VOX DIABOLI; that is, the voice of the people is the voice of the Devil. John Taylor
There was not virtue enough either in state or general government to protect an innocent, helpless people in the enjoyment of their Constitutional rights. John Taylor
. . If there is any man in this congregation, or anywhere else, that will show me any principle or authority in the Constitution of the United States that authorizes the President of the United States to send out governors and judges to this Territory, I would like to see it. John Taylor
I would like to obey and place myself in subjection to every law of man. What then? Am I to disobey the law of God? Has any man a right to control my conscience, or your conscience? ...No man has a right to do it. John Taylor
We love the Constitution of our country, but are opposed to mobocracy; and will not live under such oppression as we have done. We are willing to have the banner of the U.S. constitution float over us. If the government of the U.S. is disposed to do us good; we can do them as much good as they can us. Brigham Young
It is a pretty bold stand for this people to take, to say that they will not be controlled by the corrupt administrators of our General Government. We will be controlled by them, if they will be controlled by the Constitution and laws; but they will not. Many of them do not care any more about the constitution and the laws that they make than they do about the laws of another nation. Brigham Young
To accuse us of being unfriendly to the Government, is to accuse us of hostility to our religion, for no item of inspiration is held more sacred with us than the Constitution under which she acts. As a religious society, we, in common with all other denominations, claim its protection Brigham Young
I love the government and the constitution of the United States, but I do not love the damned rascals who administer the government Brigham Young
After the April Conference we will have General Conferences all over the nation, and I will attend as many as convenient. Tell the people we have had Whig and Democratic Presidents long enough: we want a President of the United States. If I ever get into the presidential chair, I will protect the people in their rights and liberties. Joseph Smith, Jr.
No honest man can doubt for a moment, but the glory of American Liberty, is on the wane Joseph Smith, Jr.
We care not a fig for Whig or Democrat: they are both alike to us; but we shall go for our friends, our TRIED FRIENDS … DOUGLAS is a Master Spirit, and his friends are our friends—we are willing to cast our banners on the air, and fight by his side in the cause of humanity, and equal rights—the cause of liberty and the law Joseph Smith, Jr.
Throughout the past century, the Bahais of Iran have been persecuted. With the triumph of the Islamic revolution in 1979, this persecution has been systematized. More than 200 Bahai have been executed or killed, hundreds more have been imprisoned, and tens of thousands have been deprived of jobs, pensions, businesses, and educational opportunities. All national and local Bahai administrative institutions have been banned by the Government, and Bahai holy places, cemeteries, and community properties have been confiscated, vandalized, or destroyed. Bahai International Community
What did it profit thee, and such as are like thee, to slay, year after year, so many of the oppressed, and to inflict upon them manifold afflictions, when they have increased a hundredfold . . . His [God's] Cause transcends any and every plan ye devise …. Know this much: Were all the governments on earth to unite and take My life and the lives of all who bear this Name [Bahai], this Divine Fire would never be quenched. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
The two things I feared as a boy most were rattlesnakes and white people. Percy Julian
There are revolutionary committees that practice revolutionary violence, and anyone who opposes the will of the people will have to be chased. Anyone who is opposed to the will of the people becomes a foe of the people. The duty of the revolutionary committee is to practice revolutionary violence against the enemies of the revolution. Muammar Qaddafi
Tell the truth and run. Yugoslavia Proverb
The Muslim community here does feel under siege. Shahid Malik
A robust democratic society depends on its ability to uphold and protect religious freedom -- a basic right inherent in the very dignity of the human person. It is therefore essential to safeguard citizens who belong to religious minorities from acts of violence. Such protection not only accords with human dignity but also contributes to the common good. Benedict XVI
Christians ought not to persecute one another, and that only for small differences in opinion, when what is right or wrong for the most part remains a doubt and uncertain; whil'st the evils are only certain that such disputes produce. Samuel Fortrey
Let's admit the fact that it is only the establishment of the State of Israel that has, in effect, made these individuals into beings entitled to rights Hannah Arendt
The nature of the Jew is governed by the same laws as human nature in general. In England, France, Germany and the rest of Europe (except, Spain), in spite of the barbarous treatment and deadly persecution they have suffered, they have lived and spread and outlived much of the poisonous rancor and prejudice against them, and Europe has been none the worse on their account. Ernestine Rose
Protestants are heretics, and ought not to be suffered to live any longer among us; it is no more sin to kill an Englishman than to kill a dog. Anonymous
Let him go! I see God has decreed his death Charles IX
My trust is in the Lord that he will open the way for us to get away from this wicked nation stained with the blood of the prophet. Isaac C. Haight
Sire, I have received an order, under your majesty's seal, to put to death all the Protestants in my province. I have too much respect for your majesty, not to believe the letter a forgery; but if (which God forbid) the order should be genuine, I have too much respect for your majesty to obey it. Montmorrin (Governer of Auvergne)
I condemn the dust of which I am made, this dust that speaks to you now. It can be persecuted, it can be brought to death. But I challenge the world to take from me that part of me which will live through the centuries and survive in the skies Louis Saint-Just
Let blood!. Let blood! I consider it as a meritorious action, that will wash away all my sins. Gaspard de Saulx (Sieur de Tavannes)
The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand. Ralph Waldo Emerson
No chapter in human history has been so largely written in terms of persecution and intolerance as the one dealing with religious freedom. From ancient times to the present day, the ingenuity of man has known no limits in its ability to forge weapons of oppression for use against … those who dare to express or practice unorthodox religious beliefs. And the Jehovah's Witnesses are living proof of the fact that, even in this nation, conceived as it was in the ideals of freedom, the right to practice religion in unconventional ways is still far from secure. Theirs is a militant and unpopular faith, pursued with a fanatical zeal. They have suffered brutal beatings; their property has been destroyed; they have been harassed at every turn by the resurrection and enforcement of little used ordinances and statutes.... To them, along with other present-day religious minorities, befalls the burden of testing our devotion to the ideals and constitutional guarantees of religious freedom. We should therefore hesitate before approving the application of a statute that might be used as another instrument of oppression. Religious freedom is too sacred a right to be restricted or prohibited in any degree without convincing proof that a legitimate interest of the state is in grave danger. Frank Murphy
They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy, so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so that they can enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power …. The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million, but today the Jews rule the world … Mohamad Mahathir
If there are infidels here, then beat them up. Do not tolerate them…. They are like crawling worms, snakes, and maggots. Abu Bakar Bashir
This people [the Puritans], who in England could not bear being chastised with rods, had no sooner got free from their fetters than they scourged their fellow refugees [Quakers] with scorpions; though the absurdity, as well as the injustice of such a proceeding in them might stare them in the face! Edmund Burke
During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution. James Madison
Ireland has claims on your ancient race, it is the only country that I know of unsullied by any one act of persecution of the Jews Daniel O'Connell
No orthodox church ever had power that it did not endeavor to make people think its way by force and flame. Robert G. Ingersoll
Avoid All Jewish Shops!! Do not buy from Jews!! Germany
When the tyranny of the state is combined with the hypocrisy of the church, you have a modern example of the twin vultures that have devoured man, and his rights, throughout the ages. Joseph L. Lewis
I do not wish to be melodramatic, but at some point I have to say it. If something bad should happen to me, I want you to know that my commitment to what I am doing has been freely contracted, with the joy of knowing that this is precisely what I should be doing at this moment. Fear is constantly present in each one of us, because none of us are movie heroes. But we refuse to accept that fear must condition our actions and prevent us from doing what with a cool head and fervent heart we understand should be done. Antonio Llido Mengual
It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. There never yet was any truth or any principle so irresistibly obvious that all men believed it at once. Time and reason must cooperate with each other to the final establishment of any principle; and therefore those who may happen to be first convinced have not a right to persecute others, on whom conviction operates more slowly. The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy. Thomas Paine
The top-to-toe burka, with its sinister, airless little grille, is more than an instrument of persecution, it is a public tarring and feathering of female sexuality. It transforms any woman into an object of defilement too untouchably disgusting to be seen. It is a garment of lurid sexual suggestiveness: what rampant desire and desirability lurks and leers beneath its dark mysteries? In its objectifying of women, it turns them into cowering creatures demanding and expecting violence and victimization…. More moderate versions of the garb – the dull, uniform coat to the ground and the plain headscarf – have much the same effect Mary Louisa Toynbee
The Moors tolerated Christendom when they were ascendant, but the Christian Inquisition harbored no reciprocal emotion. Joseph Wheelan
The Arabs have persecuted us severely, and passed baneful and discriminatory legislation against us… Never did a nation molest, degrade, debase, and hate us as much as they.. Moses Maimonides
In the Islamic Republic, the rights of the religious minorities are respected. Ruhollah Khomeini
A new democracy cannot be built on the persecution of women. Hillary Clinton
The emphasis on sorcery reflected accusations by the authorities more than it did actual practice. Being threatened, the Church responded by virulent persecution. Barbara Tuchman
The darkest page in history is the persecutions of woman. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Within a decade, maybe two or three, Christians will come around to treating gays no differently than they now treat other groups whom they previously persecuted — women, Jews, blacks — but not because of some new interpretation of a biblical passage, or because of a new revelation from God. These changes will come about the same way that they always do: by the oppressed minority fighting for the right to be treated equally, and by a few enlightened members of the oppressing majority supporting their cause. Then what will happen is that Christians will take credit for the civil liberation of gays, dig through the historical record and find a few Christian bloggers or preachers who had the courage and the character to stand up for Gay rights when their fellow Christians would not, and then cite those as evidence that were it not for Christianity gays would not be equal Michael Shermer
The persecution of Jews in occupied Poland meant that we could see horror emerging gradually in many ways. In 1939, they were forced to wear Jewish stars, and people were herded and shut up into ghettos. Then, in the years '41 and '42 there was plenty of public evidence of pure sadism. With people behaving like pigs, I felt the Jews were being destroyed. I had to help them. There was no choice. Oskar Schindler
The Jews must realize that their influence in Germany has disappeared for all time. We wish to keep our people and our culture pure and distinctive Hjalmar Schacht
And why does England thus persecute the votaries of her science? Why does she depress them to the level of her hewers of wood and her drawers of water? Is it because science flatters no courtier, mingles in no political strife? ... Can we behold unmoved the science of England, the vital principle of her arts, struggling for existence, the meek and unarmed victim of political strife? David Brewster
It is not enough to celebrate the earth and all its inhabitants, we must restore what we have destroyed. Ismail Serageldin
I will rather be content that my body burn this fire for confession of my faith in Christ than my soul should burn in the fire of Hell for denying the same. Patrick Hamilton
The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is on the thin edge anyway … will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. L. Ron Hubbard
During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after eight hundred years, gathered up its halters, thumb-screws, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry.....There are no witches. The witch text remains; only the practice has changed. Mark Twain
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment. George Washington
The one enemy in the world that America has is England. But then, England is the great land of Christian civilization, and it may not be a thing to be much wondered at that our Americans whom we send to represent us in London become in a short time somewhat civilized, and learn to love those who hate them, bless those that curse them, and do good to those that persecute and calumniate them. Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
You are the non-patriots, and you are the un-Americans, and you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Paul Robeson
Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. Ayn Rand
In the years before its victory in 1949, the [Communist] Party newspapers were constantly criticizing the Chiang Kai-shek regime for repression of free speech, and often issued loud appeals on behalf of persecuted voices of conscience. Liu Xiaobo
In our generation, Muslim society has been subject to violent invasions and severe attacks aimed at uprooting it, and these were manifested by the invasion of Christian missionaries that began with Western colonialism and is continuing in the Islamic world and among the Islamic communities and minorities outside the Muslim world … and by the Communist invasion that destroyed entire Muslim countries in Asia and Europe and made every effort to eliminate Islam and remove it ultimately from people's lives … and by the third and worst invasion, the secular invasion that is continuing to this day in the heart of the Islamic world, sometimes openly and sometimes covertly, and which persecutes the true Islam… Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
My distress is that our friends in East Tennessee are being hanged and driven to despair, and even now I fear, are thinking of taking rebel arms for the sake of personal protection. In this we lose the most valuable stake we have in the South Abraham Lincoln
The number of Loyalist émigrés who fled the United States ultimately exceeded the number of Frenchmen who fled their revolution. Kevin Phillips
Islam does not require a war against … homosexuals. Gays are sexual perverts who should be thrown from a high place. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
The important lesson to learn here is never, ever trust a kuffar [non-Muslim]. Do not trust them! [They] are plotting to kill this religion. They're plotting night and day. Anwar al-Awlaki
The [Ottoman] Turks, having no idea of the sacred mysteries… were not accustomed to inquire into professions of faith or to persecute anyone on that account Michael the Syrian
We came down on them like a flood! We went out among their cities! We tore down the idol-temples, We shat on the Buddha's head! Mahmud al-Kashgari
I am one of the most persecuted men in the world—the victim of left wing magistrates. Silvio Berlusconi
Israel is an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted. Bill Clinton
Why is it thought so very wicked to be an unbeliever? Rather, why is it assumed that no one can have difficulties unless he be wicked? …. Genuine belief ended with persecution. As soon as it was felt that to punish a man for maintaining an independent opinion was shocking and unjust, so soon a doubt had entered whether the faith established was unquestionably true. James Anthony Froude
The King will tolerate no one in his kingdom who is not Catholic Third Council of Toledo
Human Rights as we know them today have a serious internal logical flaw. We guarantee freedom of religion, but some of the world’s religions make it a holy duty to deny rights to others—typically the right to practice another religion or the right to equal treatment for women. Coming is the scientific right to know and inquire running up against the religious prohibition of playing God—creating new species, altering evolution, and creating life itself. Lewis D. Eigen
For a round hundred years it was a national ideal that the United States should be the asylum for the poor and the oppressed of every land. This very early came to be known as the "traditional" American attitude towards immigration. Robert DeCourcy Ward
Shame on accursed Csarism which tortured and persecuted the Jews. Shame on those who foment hatred towards the Jews, who foment hatred towards other nations. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
God always punishes the tormentors of his Chosen People, the Jews …. No Roman Catholic approves of the persecutions of Jews in Germany Michael von Faulhaber
I would not have the Roman Catholics persecuted at all. I would only have them hindered from doing hurt. I would not put it in their power to cut the throats of their quiet neighbors. John Wesley
There is a nation of the Irish, the whilst, that wander abroad, most of them criminous, ail-lewdly affected people that, forth of an unjust yet habitual hatred to the English Government, delight to have it believed, and themselves pitied as persecuted forth of the country, and ravished of their means for their religion only, stirring and inciting all they can to blood and rebellion Thomas Wentworth
There is no kind oppression visited on any minority in Europe which the six-county Nationalists have not endured. Irish Press
I ask no favors for my sex. I surrender not our claim to equality. All I ask of our brethren is, that they will take their feet from off our necks, and permit us to stand upright on that ground which God designed us to occupy. Sarah Moore Grimke
This was a process of infiltrating left-leaning organizations and spreading information about the members so that they would lose their jobs…. They caused anti-war activists to be evicted from their homes, disabled their cars, intercepted their mail. Wiretapped and bugged their conversations, prevented them from renting facilities, incited others to harass them, and disrupted peaceful organizations Laura Donohoe
Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize the oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all... It is plain that anonymity has sometimes been assumed for the most constructive purposes. Hugo Black
If err we must, let us err on the side of tolerance. Felix Frankfurter
They are shooting Jews in masses. These crimes must not be allowed to continue.. Claus von Stauffeberg
That was the work of some of the old officers embittered by the war, but we don’t take these groups very seriously! Werner Heisenberg
My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I'm going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear? Paul Robeson
Foreigners being persecuted by reactionaries and exploiters can find asylum here [Cuba]. It does not matter if they speak English and were born in the United States. Fidel Castro
We in the West would be wrong to prolong the pain of that transition unnecessarily, by elevating cultures full of bigotry and hatred towards women to the stature of respectable alternative ways of life. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
If we look back into history for the character of the present sects of Christianity, we shall find that few have not in their turn been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. Benjamin Franklin
Making fun of born-again christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope. P. J. O'Rourke