"They want them to be treated with oil, soap and caresses. But they should be beaten with fists. In a duel, you don't count or measure the blows, you strike as you can."
This is pretty much the sentiment I have been expressing in recent blog posts on the subject of debate and political correctness. But who said those words?
Was it Michael Voris, controversial founder of Church Militant TV?
Was it Dinesh D'Souza, pugnacious conservative pundit?
Was it Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP and hate figure of the metroliberal media in Britain?
It was St. Pope Pius X, and he was talking about theological modernists-- which today we would call theological liberals.
By all accounts, he was a deeply charitable and gentle man. But he obviously knew that the clash of ideas is not the place to pull punches.