To: Mrs. Don-o
The Netherlands and to an extent Switzerland were the positive foreign influences upon Constitutional disestablishment of a State Church, as well as colonial Rhode Island. There was some admiration expressed for Cicero, so Roman influence was not altogether absent. There was also the short-lived tolerance of the Palatinate of Maryland. I've seen no influence attributed or reference to Constantine among the Founders, however. He was an emperor, ruling an empire. Not a republican by any means.
But of course. Constantine was not a Republican. But he disestablished paganism and tolerated religious liberty for Christians and others within his Empire. Our Founding Fathers, deep drinkers from many fountains of learning, were not insensible of the civic and religious significance of the Edict of Toleration.
Our religious liberty has a number of roots. This was a deep one.
By Jove! :o)
posted on 06/22/2013 4:13:28 AM PDT
by Mrs. Don-o
("If they refuse to listen even to the Church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.")
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