Rev Dr William Barry in 1886 wrote:Intellect throws each man back upon himself, into a solitude from which he looks out with absolutely strange eyes on society. And if the spectacle touches him, if it rouses interest and compassion, his feeling will be for those tender ones of the great human flock whom the shepherds shear, and starve, and sell, but do not feed.
Science breeds thought, strips off illusions, brings out the true and exact bearings of one thing upon another, makes it impossible to narrow one's convictions to party issues ...
The Social Sciences ... have enabled us to criticize with severity the haphazard, make-shift, and too often hopelessly unjust laws and institutions which are all that mankind has to show after its thousands of years upon earth.
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith
... but through striving after rational knowledge.
I've often argued the BKs do what they do, not because it is right, but because it is expedient (... a means of attaining an end, especially one that is convenient but considered improper or immoral).
These days BKs like to quote people like Martin Luther King, jr because they are safe and popular. Actually to do so from a BK point of view is wrong and illogical because Dr King was so impure and probably just a first birth Kali Yugi Christian soul having his Golden Age at the fag end of their Iron Age.
On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And Vanity asks the question, "is it popular?"
But Conscience asks the question, "Is it right?"
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must do it because Conscience tells one it is right.”