"In any great undertaking, nothing is more important than public opinion. Take a careful look at history. No matter how rightful one's actions may be, nothing can be accomplished without support from the people." -- Josei Toda
"In matters of doctrine, to fear others or stand in awe of society’s opinion and not expound the true meaning of the scriptural passages in accordance with the Buddha’s teaching is the height of foolishness." -- Nichiren Daishonin
The difference is night and day.