Buddhism in Eyes of Intellectuals

A Buddhist is not a slave to anybody
“A Buddhist is not a slave to a book or to any person.  Nor does he sacrifice his freedom of thought by becoming a follower of the Buddha.  He can exercise his own free will and develop his knowledge even to the extent of attaining Buddhahood himself, for all are potential Buddhas.” 
Ven. Narada Maha Thera "What is Buddhism"