I just jumped right in and answered the original post without bothering to read the entire thread. Now that I've done so, I see that Nords made essentially the same points I did.
Next time I will try to be less impulsive, and perhaps avoid duplication!
"If at any times we must deal in extremes, then we prefer the quiet, good-natured hypocrite to the implacable, turbulent zealot of any kind. In plain terms, we are not so fond of any set of notions, as to think them more important than the peace of society". John Toland, The Description of Epsom (1711)