Sayings of a Gadfly
by Max Maxwell

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 A concerned humanitarian said, “We need to revise all of the scriptures from all of the religions.  If in those scriptures there is anything that leads people to cruelty, oppression and intolerance, let those things be deleted and forgotten.” 

 The Gadfly said, “The scriptures of the religions are a part of real human history.   If we are afraid of repeating the ugliness we find in history, let us embrace those scriptures in reading and remembrance.” 

 The humanitarian said, “But so many people take these writings to be their absolute authority.  Something needs to be done to stem the tide of grotesque cruelty and violence which goes on in the name of God.” 

 The Gadfly replied, “The perversion of religion cannot be corrected by the perversion of history."

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