April 13, Birthday of Christopher Hitchens,
Religious tolerance has been enshrined in our consciousness to the point that we've come to regard it as an absolute good. Few people stop to think of it as a necessary evil. It means that we can't have civil discourse unless we put cherished but craven beliefs beyond the reach of criticism. It means that we must pander to those who romanticize their disdain for reason. It means that we cannot aspire to live in a society in which ideas rise and fall on their own merits. It's time to set our sacred cows free to graze on the open range.