Heretics?

I think all the heretics I have known
have been virtuous men (and women!).
They have the virtue of fortitude
or they would not venture to own their heresy;
and they cannot afford to be deficient
in any of the other virtues,
as that would give
advantage to their many enemies;
and they have not
like orthodox sinners,
such a number of friends to excuse or justify them.
Do not, however mistake me.
It is not to my good friend’s heresy
that I impute his (her!) honesty.
On the contrary, ’tis
his (her!) honesty
that has brought upon him (her!)
the character of heretic.

- Benjamin Franklin

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