Money Quote from Chaput the Great

Just to further encourage you to read his whole address (see link in previous post), chew on this:

"Democracy and pluralism depend on people of conviction fighting for what they believe through public debate --peacefully, legally, charitably and justly; but also vigorously and without excuses. Divorcing our personal convictions from our public choices and actions is not "good manners." On the contrary, it can be a very serious kind of theft from the moral treasury of the nation, because the most precious thing anyone can bring to any political conversation is an honest witness to what he or she really believes."

How can the best ideas rise to the fore if only those least likely to challenge are permitted to be spoken?