Free thought means fearless thought. It is not deterred by legal penalties, nor by spiritual consequences. Dissent from the Bible does not alarm the true investigator, who takes truth for authority not authority for truth. The thinker who is really free, is independent; he is under no dread; he yields to no menace; he is not dismayed by law, nor custom, nor pulpits, nor society – whose opinion appals so many. He who has the manly passion of free thought, has no fear of anything, save the fear of error.
George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906), lecturer
(Holyoake spent six months in jail for saying England was “too poor” to support a God, and should consider retiring him.)