Far from being pro-Unionist, I do not want Ireland to be part of the United Kingdom. But, as a Wolfe Tone republican, I feel I have a firm duty to defend the rights of Protestants and Dissenters to do their own thing until such time as we can persuade them their future is in a federal Ireland.
Conformity may give you a quiet life; it may even bring you to a University Chair. But all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves.a. j. p. taylor
Mussolini never killed anyone, he just sent Dissenters abroad for vacation.Silvio Berlusconi
Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating Dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.
" As to Jains being Hindu Dissenters, and, therefore governable by Hindu law, we are not told this date of secession [...] Jainism certainly has a longer history than is consistent with its being a creed of Dissenters from Hinduism."
Fortunately for them, in the hyperlinked world it is not necessary to airbrush Dissenters out of the group photograph. You can simply wait for Google's PageRank to promote the ideas the A-list find acceptable and linkworthy to the top of the page, while the websites of apostates disappear below the fold and out of history. Who needs a memory hole when the world's favourite search engine does the job so effectively?bill thompson