Non-judgementalism has helped embolden the state and curtail our freedom.
In John Locke’s 1689 Letter Concerning Toleration, he wrote of the fundamental distinction that had to be made between matters for the authorities and matters of individual conscience. He argued that civil powers should have no role in determining the beliefs of the citizenry. He also wrote of the critical importance of distinguishing between thoughts and words, and actions:
‘Any one may employ as many exhortations and arguments as he pleases… But all force and compulsion are to be forborne. Nothing is to be done imperiously. Nobody is obliged in that matter to yield obedience unto the admonitions or injunctions of another, further than he himself is persuaded. Every man in that has the supreme and absolute authority of judging for himself.’