This entry was posted on May 20, 2012 at 12:30 am under Miscellaneous. Tagged Denis Diderot, Quotations, Religion.
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Ooh, I’ll be dropping that one into conversation.
Of course, Diderot was not aware of our 20th Century totalitarian state systems. He might have preferred kings and priests to Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.
There are plenty of countries with no (or powerless) kings, and where priests have little say in politics in culture, which did not indulge in totalitarian monstrosities.
David, a king by other names is still a king, whether called führer, czar, general secretary or president for life.
Yeah, but we’ll still have psychopaths who go around strangling people with entrails.
Was true. Is true. Will be true. The naysayers above are simply victims of said priest-kings, whatever they call themselves today.
The Scotsman Tom Nairn once adapted the quote to, “Scotland will be reborn when the last Church of Scotland minister is strangled with the last copy of the Sunday Post.”
I agree that to get the full flavour of this it does help to be Scottish. (For those who don’t know of it, the Sunday Post is a very conservative newspaper.)
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner.
Nicely done, M. Diderot
I note that none of this speaks to the freedom of women…”when the last male is strangled in the entrails of the last…?”