Freedom of Religion - Preface

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Image of the Bill of Rights which make up the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  Image online, courtesy 


Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment
of religion
or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof...

Murder in the name of God. For thousands of years, this contradiction in terms has provided mankind with an excuse to kill people. Self-appointed "agents of God" (like the Inquisitors) sent shock waves into the countryside. Few showed any mercy to their pitiful victims.

After the Reformation, Protestants and Catholics killed each other for opposing views. Each side believed only it was theologically correct.

A journey across the Atlantic led to a new law that guaranteed religious freedom. This story takes a brief look at religious persecution and events that led to the creation of America’s First Amendment.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 4279stories and lessons created

Original Release: Feb 01, 2003

Updated Last Revision: Jun 15, 2015

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"Freedom of Religion" Feb 01, 2003. Nov 28, 2015.
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