(1) because he can see no significance in death and such things of a literal equality;
(2) because he introduces different first principles, making debate impossible: and debate is the life of democracy;
(3) because the fading of the images of sacred persons leaves a man too prone to be a respecter of earthly persons;
(4) because there will be more, not less, respect for human rights if they can be treated as divine rights.
― G.K. Chesterton
via The Transom