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Bumper stickers / other quotations

user 21456061
Northampton, MA
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This was on the back of a Toyota SRS's pickup cap, taped to the inside of the back window, centered in the middle of the rear view - odd placement for a bumper sticker, yet extremely readable for other pickups and "high" seated drivers.

"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

It's actually a paraphrasing, so here is the original (Fr.) & a translation of the original

"Il y a eu des gens qui ont dit autrefois: Vous croyez des choses incompréhensibles, contradictoires, impossibles, parce que nous vous l’avons ordonné; faites donc des choses injustes parce que nous vous l’ordonnons. Ces gens-là raisonnaient à merveille. Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste. Si vous n’opposez point aux ordres de croire l’impossible l’intelligence que Dieu a mise dans votre esprit, vous ne devez point opposer aux ordres de malfaire la justice que Dieu a mise dans votre coeur. Une faculté de votre âme étant une fois tyrannisée, toutes les autres facultés doivent l’être également. Et c’est là ce qui a produit tous les crimes religieux dont la terre a été inondée."

"Formerly there were those who said: You believe things that are incomprehensible, inconsistent, impossible because we have commanded you to believe them; go then and do what is unjust because we command it. Such people show admirable reasoning. Truly, whoever is able to make you absurd is able to make you unjust. If the God-given understanding of your mind does not resist a demand to believe what is impossible, then you will not resist a demand to do wrong to that God-given sense of justice in your heart. As soon as one faculty of your soul has been dominated, other faculties will follow as well. And from this derives all those crimes of religion which have overrun the world."

~ François-Marie Arouet {Voltaire} (November 21, 1694 – May 30, 1778), _Questions sur les miracles_ (1765)

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