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9/17/10

Quote of the Day: Barry Goldwater

Goldwater warning religious factions on dictating moral beliefs...

On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position in which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally than one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout the land are not using their clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders to follow their position 100 percent. 


I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me that if I want to be a moral citizen, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?

Barry Goldwater
Speech in US Senate 09/16/81