Daily Archives: December 18, 2011

Zealots and Extremists – Food for Thought

People are zealous for a cause when they are not quite positive that it is true.

– Bertrand Russell

In our country are evangelists and zealots of many different political, economic and religious persuasions whose fanatical conviction is that all thought is divinely classified into two kinds-that which is their own and that which is false and dangerous.  – Robert H Jackson (US Supreme Court Justice 1941-1954)

What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.

-Robert Kennedy

Some extremists take elements of the sacred scriptures out of context.

– Cat Stevens (referring to his faith, Islam)

Saving everybody takes a man on a mission
with a swagger that can set the world at ease
Some believe it’s God’s own hand on the trigger
and the other dumping water in the streets
Talking tough is easy when it’s other people’s evil
and you’re judging what they do or don’t believe
It seems to me you’d have to have a hole you’re own
to point a finger at somebody else its a shame

– A Ghost To Most, Drive-By Truckers