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To: Lazamataz

Now for the rest of the story...........

http://www.americanminute.com/

“In the 3rd century, Emperor Claudius II was faced with defending the Roman Empire from the invading Goths.

He believed men who were not married made better soldiers so he forced the military to ban traditional marriage.

He also forced the Senate to deify the former Emperor Gallienus, including him with the Roman gods to be worshiped.

The ten major persecutions of Christians in the first three centuries rendered historical records scarce, but the legend is that Saint Valentine was a priest or bishop in Italy.

When the Emperor demanded the Church violate its conscience and worship pagan idols, Bishop Valentine refused to comply.

Valentine risked the Emperor’s wrath by standing up for traditional marriage, and secretly marrying young men and women.

Saint Valentine was arrested, dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and then have his head cut off on FEBRUARY 14, 269AD......”


5 posted on 02/14/2013 10:00:36 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet
He believed men who were not married made better soldiers so he forced the military to ban traditional marriage.

As opposed to Augustus, who heavily fined or exiled Roman aristocratic men who didn't marry.

8 posted on 02/14/2013 10:08:35 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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