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Friday, October 18, 2002:

Religious History: Bad Moments
Many people don't know who King Louis XIV of France was. Most don't even realize that there were kings and queens of France in 1685. And many don't realize that it was on October 18, 1685 that King Louis XIV
revoked the Edict of Nantes (according to this it happened on the 22nd - other accounts say the 18th - decide for yourself), which had established legal toleration of France's Protestant population, the Huguenots.

Why is this such an important event to remember? Because it should remind us why we broke away from monarchies for starters. Clearly a ruler with power to ban religion. While I do not go so far as to say this is where our current society is headed, I think there are many who would like to a see a similar revocation of the First Amendment's religious clause. In many ways this is being lost - to the point of extinction, no, probably not.

This is not a great day for the history of freedom.

Matthew Edgar // Link //
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