Glenn McDavid (gmcdavid) wrote,
Glenn McDavid
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SF Quote

I first read L. Sprague de Camp's SF classic Lest Darkness Fall more than 40 years ago. It still has not grown old. Tonight I ran across this passage:

"You don't like the Goths?"
"No! Not with the persecution we have to put up with!"
"Persecution?"
"Religious persecution. We won't stand for it forever."
"I thought the Goths let everybody worship as they pleased."
"That's just it! We Orthodox are forced to stand around and watch Arians and Monophysites and Nestorians and Jews going about their business unmolested, as if they owned the country. If that isn't persecution, I'd like to know what is!"

I have run across similar sentiments in 21st century America,

Tags: history, politics, religion, rome, science fiction
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