How rare it is that religions—especially established religions—take the lead in confrontation with the civil authorities when a monstrous injustice is being done?
How often it is that the religious authorities take the safe way and tempor
ize or talk about the afterlife or talk about moving slowly or talk about this not being the proper function of religion?
And then, on the other side, how often is it that the established religions make authoritative pronouncements on matters of science, matters of fact, matters where they run the desperate risk of being disproved by the next discovery? - Carl Sagan