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.")
To: Mrs. Don-o
I've witnessed an attempt to Catholicize the Founders here on FR for a number of years, and while it's certainly refreshing to see a belated embrace of religious freedom from these quarters and thus in some ways is to be encouraged, in actuality Catholicism condemned religious freedom, from the foundation of this nation right up to Vatican II, the very same Vatican II for which there is most often condemnation among the very Catholic FReepers who seek to Catholicize the religious freedom enshrined Constitutionally. So, forgive me for perceiving more than just a small amount of cognitive dissonance being created by such an effort, among those who actually know and understand US history at least.
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