Religious Tolerance: Made in America

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Each year the President of the United States
lights a national Christmas tree, hosts a Hanukkah party at the White House and issues
a proclamation honoring Ramadan. Only in America. Indeed, America is known for religious tolerance.
In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that America, where people of all faiths are
free to worship (or not worship) as they please, invented modern religious tolerance. This
tolerance, which Americans take for granted, didn’t exist anywhere in the world before
America invented it. How did this happen? To answer that we have to look to America’s
origins which were overwhelmingly religious and, to be precise, overwhelmingly Christian.
To put it another way, America became the religiously open nation that we know today
because it was first a Christian nation, specifically a Protestant one. Let me explain. Until the beginning of the 16th Century religious
life in Europe was dominated by the Catholic Church. All religious power was concentrated
in the Pope and the Catholic clergy. They determined religious doctrine. The power structure
was top down. All that changed in 1517 when Martin Luther, a German priest, led a revolt
that came to be known as the Protestant Reformation. The theme of the Reformation was that people
should be free to interpret the Bible and manage their houses of worship as they saw
fit — a bottom up power structure. The most zealous of England’s Reformers
were known as the Puritans, so called because they wanted to purify the Church of England.
Some of these Puritans became so disenchanted they decided they had no choice but to leave
England. Only in the New World of America, untainted by European prejudices, could they
practice their Protestant Christianity in its purest form. We know these hardy souls
as Pilgrims. The strength of their conviction can easily be measured by the incredible risks
they took in crossing the North Atlantic on small wooden sailing ships, of which The Mayflower
was only one. True to their religious background these early
settlers, and those that followed, were fiercely independent. Given that the Puritans believed
that people should read and interpret scripture for themselves, how could it be otherwise?
Not surprisingly, it didn’t take long before disputes broke out among the settlers regarding
doctrine. In fact, the colony of Rhode Island was established in 1638 as a haven for some
of these dissidents. Throughout the 17th century more colonists
arrived, including Catholics and Jews but their numbers remained small relative to the
Protestant majority. All the way through American Independence in 1776 and the Revolutionary
War that followed Protestants remained dominant. But with more settlers came more religious
discord. The only thing that everyone could agree on was that religion, specifically Christianity
– firmly rooted, it is important to note, in the Hebrew Scriptures — was central to
the new nation’s life. When the colonies became states and wrote
their state constitutions, they were noticeably Christian in their language and tone. But
beyond that there was little uniformity. Some states granted privileges to specific religions
while others expressed religious freedom for everyone; Delaware required an oath of office
that professed faith in God and Jesus Christ; North Carolina prohibited any atheist or one
who denied “the truth of the Protestant religion” to hold office; a handful of states
required office holders to be Christians, some others required public officials to simply
state they believed in God. On the other hand, five states prohibited clergy from holding office. This crazy quilt, anyone can interpret scripture
on their own, state-by-state, church-by-church character of early American religious practice,
which was both distinctly Protestant and uniquely American, led to the atmosphere of tolerance
that was present at the founding of the nation. Indeed, it’s enshrined in the First Amendment
to the US Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… Given America’s English and European roots,
places where governments officially sanctioned one religion, this was a singular advance
in human freedom. So, when the President of the United States lights a national Christmas
tree, hosts a Hanukkah party at the White House and issues a proclamation honoring Ramadan,
we should thank those headstrong Puritans. I’m Larry Schweikart of the University of
Dayton for Prager University.

 

100 Responses

  1. speedlearner

    June 29, 2018 6:11 pm

    Actually, you're incorrect. The Roman Empire was tolerant of virtually every religion except Judaism and Christianity.

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  2. Jennifer Bryan

    July 2, 2018 6:55 pm

    “Could they practice their Protestant purity in its purest form”, by the Salem witch trials.

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  3. Russell Haynes

    July 5, 2018 3:34 am

    The United States of America's defacto state religion is "Libertas" – aka "The Great Whore of Babylon, The Mother of all Harlots". In the name of "individual liberty", which is the "wine" of her fornication on which the whole earth has been made drunk, she literally spreads her legs (i.e. her borders) and fornicates with every foul and unclean religious spirit imaginable.

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  4. Russell Haynes

    July 5, 2018 11:31 am

    The radical, autonomous, independent, separatist puritanism of New England was nothing more than the equivalent of a Christianized version of the Islamic State. And, Oliver Cromwell's Christian Republic of Britain was nothing less than the equivalent of a Christianized version of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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  5. Russell Haynes

    July 5, 2018 12:05 pm

    As a Christian academic, I do hold that the episcopal system of bishops (and not apostolic succession) is the most stable form of visible church government instituted by the apostles. However, it was the bishop of Rome, in the 5th century, who began to lust after political-ecclesial power, and therefore sought to consolidate his power by declaring himself the universal bishop of bishops. Many bishops, at that time, including the bishop of Constantinople, rightfully rejected that claim. Thus, the rise of the papal monarchy in Rome was not only the beginning of the end for the demise of the visible unity of the Church, in this world, it also led to the eventual destruction of Christendom itself, together with its sacred Christian monarchs, and the rise of "Liberalism" (aka the goddess of "Libertas") with its violent revolutionary overthrow of God, king and bishop.

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  6. Travis Fleury-Lopez

    July 29, 2018 2:44 am

    Religious tolerance dates back at least to ancient Rome. And for the people who claim they persecuted christians, the truth is that christians sometimes broke Roman law and suffered its consequences. Far less common were a few instances in which christians realyl were persecuted there – because they had a reputation as law breakers.

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  7. Krist-yon Narain

    August 7, 2018 3:09 pm

    Well this is obviously the American Protestant agenda personified. Catholics in America were treated with just as much suspicion and discrimination as Muslims are today. Although America has laws ensuring religious tolerance this country has long history of targeting religious minorities mainly by evangelicals. So to say America created religious tolerance is kind of a half truth. Also the whole narrative that Catholics are authoritarian and Protestants promote peace and freedom needs to end because as I said before Protestants could be just as vicious and discriminatory as Catholics even thought they don’t have a hierarchy.

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  8. Dottie Black

    August 12, 2018 12:11 am

    Those puritans were so "headstrong" that they slaughtered the Native Americans in the name of their false Christianity. Interpreting the Bible on their own accord, it's no wonder they were so screwed up

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  9. ManPig Zepeda

    August 15, 2018 6:14 pm

    You should be thanking the Catholics because every colony had a state religion or everyone there must have this one religion. The only colony that didn't have this was Maryland which was started by Catholic colonists

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  10. ManPig Zepeda

    August 15, 2018 6:19 pm

    Also if everybody can interpret scripture the way they want then you could go murdering people because the Bible "says so" obviously this wouldn't happen but without an authority to tell what scripture says you can't form any doctrine which is why hare are many different Christian denominations in denominations. Just sayin.

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  11. jfsfrnd

    August 23, 2018 7:10 pm

    Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom
    https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-02-02-0132-0004-0082
    Jefferson on Religious Freedom Bill
    https://www.history.org/Media/flash/Jefferson/religiousfreedom.htm
    Madison on the 1st Amendmemt
    http://candst.tripod.com/tnppage/qmadison.htm

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  12. anokhkishore

    September 2, 2018 4:05 pm

    American government has acted against the African Americans in the past and recently has also done so against certain religious groups .. india is one truly secular country .. as the government has never ever acted against any community .. and protects all faiths

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  13. randy huy

    September 3, 2018 11:50 pm

    what about love conquers all? we live by love and peace. not by hate. Isn't that love is universal? People said sorry everywhere.

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  14. grahvis

    September 9, 2018 10:39 am

    Those Puritans which believed people should read and interpret scripture for themselves, were they the same ones who hanged people for being Quakers I wonder? So much for being tolerant.

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  15. Ivan Ivanovich Ivanovosky

    September 9, 2018 5:52 pm

    Actually the Persian Empire and the Mongol Empire had religious tolorance long before America.
    Read a book PragerU.

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  16. Natividad Cruz

    September 12, 2018 7:53 pm

    WHAT ABOUT PAGAN EUROPEAN RELIGION GOD GODDESS FOR MY SON ? 👻🎃🇺🇸🇬🇧🇫🇷🇪🇸🔫💂💪

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  17. Tony Thompson

    September 20, 2018 6:21 pm

    1. First of all, you can never claim to be the first. 2. You only said bad things about the Roman Catholic Church. 3. The information was very broad. 4. I appreciate the use of the word clergy because before I watched this video I did know its meaning. 5. This video was boring and made me sleepy. 6. You also did not cite any evidence. – McKinley CLA Students

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  18. Webis Tebis

    September 25, 2018 12:37 am

    You see? This is why us Christian lebanese are scared to lose our country to islam. We are naturally more tolerant than them

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  19. Rishabh

    October 1, 2018 6:35 pm

    For all of pre islamic history india was a religiously tolerant nation. We gave refuge to parsis (zoroastrians)fleeing islamic invasions of persia, to an ancient community of jews who unlike the rest of the world didn't face anti semitism here and were happy to live in india until israel was created buddhism and jainism both sprung out of hinduism and are still in practice( in any other religion they would be termed heretics). Only after islamic invasions did india experience religious persecution,that too by muslim rulers. Islam destroyed buddhism not hinduism, by massacring monks and burning down libraries ( read about nalanda). We fought long wars and finally succeeded in taking back most of india from muslim rulers( under the maratha and sikh coalition) until the british colonialised the country. Even after a bloody partition,we chose to remain a secular nation. Through the last 1000 year history we have learnt that apeasement doesnt work, so we retaliate when muslims start religious violence and that is why you hear about that in the news what you dont hear about is that it is always them who start the riots,we just respond. All these people talking about hindus being intolerant are simply ignorant. Acceptance of differences is a core hindu value.

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  20. Joaquín Parada

    October 12, 2018 6:39 pm

    Settlers, colonists? A politically correct name – in a channel that abhors PC – for undocumented immigrants, illegal aliens, invaders. English and European roots of "America"? Again, a PC alias for a country (named "United States of America", for "America" alone is an European name for the conquered continent) founded on displacement, genocide and slavery. So much for religious tolerance.

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  21. Kavan Patel

    October 22, 2018 9:25 am

    Those who are fighting over who brought religion tolerance and all the stuff should more importantly focus on Arabic and Islamic countries…as even a small nation like MALDIVES is to religiously intolerant 🤔🤔😑🤐🤐😣🙄

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  22. Brijesh Raval

    October 26, 2018 4:05 am

    Sir, I believe your ideas are nice and true, and all what you shared is worthy of appreciation. But thw first claim that religious tolerance was invented in America and it didn't exist anywhere else is a hyperstatement, because in India religious tolerance has been existing even before America existed as a nation. India has been home to Hindus, Muslims, Buddhist, Jains, Sikhs, Paris just tk to name a few. And these all people have lived in India in peace and harmony and practicing their religion since centuries. In fact if you check the list of Holidays given by the Government you will realize that in India a holiday is provided for festivals of even the minority religions. So please correct your statement next time when you speak about Religious Tolerance.. Thank you.

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  23. Ii T

    October 27, 2018 8:44 am

    Ancient Greeks had religious tolerance. So did indians ashoka and ancient iran. Even genghis khan preached religious tolerance despite killing millions

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  24. Brachmin Dunsparce

    November 6, 2018 1:48 pm

    Oh yeah, I'm sorry. For a second there I almost thought that Poland and India were real countries!

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  25. aoeu256

    November 24, 2018 1:52 pm

    LIES!!! The neoplatonists(Logos) were far more tolerant, although they believed in one God, it didn't matter if you treated the God as being divisible. Neoplatonists had the same basic religion as the hindus. God is everywhere and doesn't care how you worship him/it, as long as you act according to duty rather than your own selfish desires there are many paths. Also many of the people who created the government were only Christian in name, they were "Deists". Spinoza probably derived Deism from Hinduism and neo-platonism. According to Christianity, only Jesus Christ is the correct path.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoplatonism
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deism#Overview

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavad_Gita#Content

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  26. WiffyLight

    November 28, 2018 6:28 pm

    Yea, and those "christians" thought owning slaves was ok with their god. But slavery went away, just as religion will.

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  27. Time_For_Toast

    December 3, 2018 6:17 am

    I'm sorry you have to deal with these kinds of people PragerU.
    It's really excessive the time atheists will take to hate on videos and people, simply because they are Christian. It's a sad state.

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  28. Conner Fields

    December 14, 2018 4:27 pm

    I agree with the B.S. callers. I'm certain Ancient India needed tolerance. Additionally in the Western World, the historical Kingdom of Transylvania (not the fictional one) was diverse, and tolerance was necessary. Unitarian Universalist churches (in and outside of Red states in the U.S.) have documented this well (because this actually matters to these nearly 200 year old organizations). Wikipedia has as well.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Transylvania

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  29. Miftahur Ridho

    December 31, 2018 10:45 pm

    I salute the Dutch when it comes to religious tollerance because even in its colony of Indonesia they practiced non-interference policy regarding religion.

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  30. Rafael Wilks

    January 3, 2019 12:17 am

    I'm not a Catholic priest or anything like that, but, according to Catholic doctrine, 1:08 they do not determine religious doctrine on their own, but with the help of the Holy Spirit. 1:14 that never changed, and it will never change. 1:33 such a bottom-up power structure is execrable.

    His Holiness Pope Gregory XVI infallibly taught that unbridled and uncontrolled freedom of religion, is not really a good idea. The following two paragraphs show why.

    Paragraph 13: "Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained…. With the admonition of the apostle that “there is one God, one faith, one baptism”[16] may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that “those who are not with Christ are against Him,”[17] and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore “without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate.”[18] Let them hear Jerome who, while the Church was torn into three parts by schism, tells us that whenever someone tried to persuade him to join his group he always exclaimed: “He who is for the See of Peter is for me.”[19] A schismatic flatters himself falsely if he asserts that he, too, has been washed in the waters of regeneration. Indeed Augustine would reply to such a man: “The branch has the same form when it has been cut off from the vine; but of what profit for it is the form, if it does not live from the root?”[20]"

    Paragraph 14: "This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. “But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error,” as Augustine was wont to say.[21] When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly “the bottomless pit”[22] is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws — in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty."

    http://www.papalencyclicals.net/greg16/g16mirar.htm

    His Holiness Pope Leo XIII further clarifies this truth in the following paragraphs:

    Paragraph 35: "… Again, that it is not lawful for the State, any more than for the individual, either to disregard all religious duties or to hold in equal favour different kinds of religion; that the unrestrained freedom of thinking and of openly making known one's thoughts is not inherent in the rights of citizens, and is by no means to be reckoned worthy of favour and support…."

    Paragraph 36: "… The Church, indeed, deems it unlawful to place the various forms of divine worship on the same footing as the true religion, but does not, on that account, condemn those rulers who, for the sake of securing some great good or of hindering some great evil, allow patiently custom or usage to be a kind of sanction for each kind of religion having its place in the State. And, in fact, the Church is wont to take earnest heed that no one shall be forced to embrace the Catholic faith against his will, for, as St. Augustine wisely reminds us, "Man cannot believe otherwise than of his own will.""

    http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_01111885_immortale-dei.html

    Christus vincit
    Christus regnat
    Christus imperiat

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  31. ItzMeMD

    January 5, 2019 3:57 am

    This is idiocy of the basest possible kind. If I'm not mistaken, which I'm almost certain I'm not, this "courses" overall message is that it's the Christian/Protestant governments that are to thank for religious freedom in America, the only country with religious freedom.

    Every part of this message is a lie. There were already a wide variety of countries with religious tolerance like India, Persia, and today places like Japan and China. Furthermore, why should we thank the Puritans for our religious tolerance when they were historically the most intolerant pieces of shit in American history??? No, it's our secular Founding Fathers who sought to put an end to the Puritans' and Britain monarchy's religious madness that we should thank!
    Just because a certain issue existed for the heroes to take care of doesn't mean that said issue is to take the credit! If anything, it should be seen as something we should strive away from…yet here you are promoting it. It's projects like these that have to be stopped.

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  32. Brian Dean

    January 8, 2019 10:40 pm

    This "free exercise" is evidence that Christianity isn't true because if Christianity was true, then there would be no disagreement about doctrine to the point where you give up and just tell everyone they can interpret doctrine for themselves. Nobody says that you can interpret science, or math, for yourself because those fields are objective.

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  33. Kevin Taal

    January 14, 2019 4:02 am

    Religious tolerance prevailed in Holland in the 17th century. Many scientists, philosophers and religious persons took refuge in Holland because they were free to write and speak what they wanted there. Dutch colonizers found New York and layed the basis for 5 of 13 later original states before Imperial Great Britain conquered them. The Dutch managed New York and the other territories for about 65 years and developed an atmosphere of tolerance, entrepreneurship and cooperation with the indigenous population. Religious tolerance was founded before the US and later got a place in American society, after all the Indigenous Americans (who were considered inferior for multiple reasons, one of which was they were no Christians) were extinguished. And no, I'm not trying to say Dutch people were all good, they kind of invented the slave trade

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  34. Raptor Z

    January 25, 2019 9:57 am

    For the people who are commenting "x empire had religious freedom!', keep in mind that religious freedom is not a universal rule
    Empires such as the Ottomans and the Mongol empire were not the type of religious freedom like "You can (not) believe in anything you want, and you will be treated equally along with everyone else", it was more of "You can (not) believe in anything you want, but if you disobey your (insert religion here) overlords or step out of line, we will kill you"

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  35. Vilhelm Vestergaard Mursal

    January 25, 2019 1:31 pm

    how is it possible for this guy to preach how tolerant america is of other religions immediately after talking about how some states had explicit writing in the state constitutions requiring that you profess faith in god?

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  36. Rohit Jain

    February 15, 2019 4:41 am

    Have you heard about Mount Soledad and how the land ownership was changed. Yes there is religious tolerance in USA but it's a Christian Dominated leadership.

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  37. S Spector

    February 15, 2019 10:33 pm

    So you like multiculturalism….wtf. America was founded on judeo-christian values and it should stay that way.

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  38. nikolas zubi

    February 16, 2019 4:58 pm

    Ancient Persia had religious tolerance, Byzantine empire had religious tolerance, Polish-Lithuania had religious tolerance and many more. Murica is so special, isn't it?

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  39. Balto Farlander

    February 21, 2019 9:33 pm

    A lot of civillizations and countries had religious tolerance way before America. To some extent even Ancient Rome, they were intolerant mainly to monotheism, which obviously was conflicting with considering Caesar as god. For example, in Europe during Reformation Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was tolerant in comparison to rest of Europe.

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  40. Byron Anderson

    March 8, 2019 12:58 pm

    Let's be real for a moment. America was invaded by rapists and murderers who held bibles in their hands while slaughtering Native Americans and enslaving Africans. Today's Polls say that 80% or more of Americans call themselves Christians or religious of some sort but this country is one of the most murderous countries in the world with a racist justice system, is that a coincidence to her beginnings? Hypocrisy is the #1religion in America! Keep your bull-shit Jesus!

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  41. Sharon Wallhausen

    March 21, 2019 3:13 pm

    Many societies had religiously tolerant Kings or Overlords throughout history. The main difference is a Constitution that guarantees that whomever is in control of the Nation, or how those in authority personally view others, we the people will insist upon compassion, liberty, tolerance and stand against oppression, supported by our Constitution. We are dangerously close to losing this guarantee designed by our founding fathers to take us into posterity in freedom. The experiment is still a work in progress and the Constitution, the electoral college, laws made by legislators who answer to the people not bureaucrats are foundational to maintenance of this tolerance and liberty. Let us pray we can endure.

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  42. Marcin Wardzinski

    March 30, 2019 7:44 pm

    Only president of America celebrate Chrystian, Judaism and Muslim nation… only the president of America is a fool, who do everything to show of.

    The same freedom was in Poland from midle ages to partitions. The same freedom was in Norman Kingdom in south Itally, or (for some time) in Spain, before The Katolic Kings… and in lot of other places.

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  43. D. Douglas

    April 8, 2019 2:00 am

    Muslims should not be protected by freedom of religion. Like a Jim Jones or Charles Manson. They go beyond religion to violating human rights and children. If in USA, it should not matter if in a Jamestown or an isolated Mosque. The army should take them down.

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  44. Rafael Wilks

    May 2, 2019 3:39 am

    I'm not a Catholic priest or anything like that, but, according to Catholic doctrine, 1:08 they do not determine religious doctrine on their own, but with the help of the Holy Spirit. 1:14 that never changed, and it will never change. 1:33 such a bottom-up power structure is execrable.

    His Holiness Pope Leo XIII infallibly taught what the Church teaches in the following paragraphs of Immortale Dei:

    Paragraph 35: "… Again, that it is not lawful for the State, any more than for the individual, either to disregard all religious duties or to hold in equal favour different kinds of religion;… "

    Paragraph 36: "… The Church, indeed, deems it unlawful to place the various forms of divine worship on the same footing as the true religion, but does not, on that account, condemn those rulers who, for the sake of securing some great good or of hindering some great evil, allow patiently custom or usage to be a kind of sanction for each kind of religion having its place in the State. And, in fact, the Church is wont to take earnest heed that no one shall be forced to embrace the Catholic faith against his will, for, as St. Augustine wisely reminds us, "Man cannot believe otherwise than of his own will.""

    http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_01111885_immortale-dei.html

    Christus vincit
    Christus regnat
    Christus imperat

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  45. Maarten van der Poel

    May 12, 2019 9:44 pm

    Wroooooooooong: The Netherlands invented religious tolerance. After we kicked out the Spanish many religious minorities like Jews and Hugenots fled to the Netherlands. They could trade and prosper. Willem of Orange, our founding father, already called for freedom of conscious in 1566!!

    Also Sweden and Poland are great examples.

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  46. ftlpope

    May 13, 2019 3:12 pm

    The pilgrim fathers went to Holland because England was too religiously tolerant. Their sons fell to too many temptations. So they went to America where no one would oppose their religious intolerance. Some foundation for a country. Try becoming President and not be a Christian.

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  47. Why Not?

    May 16, 2019 5:33 pm

    Well said. Thank you.

    Reading the comments, I see that others argue that we (the USA) wasn't first to allow religious freedom. That's ok.

    MADE IN AMERICA has a more common meaning, to do with manufacturing. Ok.

    Let's look at the world today. Look at the ideologies, freedoms, & violent acts.

    Most of the peaceful acts occur in nations that are capitalist, & either Christian or Jewish.

    Most of the violent acts occur where capitalism & freedom are suppressed. Mostly non-Christian, non-Jewish.

    I am generalizing.
    If you are peaceful & I forgot to mention you, recall that I am generalizing to make a point.

    The violent people hate capitalism, freedom, Judaeism & Christianity.

    And on top of it all, we lay down our lives to rescue those in need.

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  48. Alexis Ruiz

    May 22, 2019 5:59 am

    Even if he was mistaken in saying that the United states was not the first to create religious freedom, it is an American core value. Nowadays, religious freedom is rare now. For some reason, out of all the religions, Islam is the one being chosen to be the preferred religion. Look at what is happening inEurope, north Africa, the middle east and south east Asia. The United states is among the few that still have untanted religious freedom, even Islam.

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  49. sssood2603

    May 30, 2019 6:17 am

    I am not saying America is not tolerant, but India is equally tolerant long before America even knew it…

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  50. Brian Hegarty

    May 30, 2019 12:50 pm

    First point: wtf is with Ireland's shape in the map???
    Second: Puritans were infamously intolerant of everyone except Puritans

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  51. Caleb W

    May 31, 2019 7:28 pm

    Perhaps he over stated the U.S.' singular contribution to religious freedom, but the video as a whole is informative and gives accurate information as to the history of religious freedom within the U.S.

    Heck, he even admitted and gave specific examples of states that, early on, showed a lack of tolerance. There's no claim that the colonies have ever been perfect.

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  52. Zacnie prawisz

    June 17, 2019 8:29 pm

    *Not "only in America", religious tolerance existed in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (aka The Republic of Both Nations).
    And it was made by Poles (Catholics) and Lithuanians (mostly still pagan, recently officially Catholic).
    Nobody was discriminated because of religion, that's why almost all European Jews are from the territory of former Republic (which consisted also of Orthodox Belarus and Ukraine).
    Maybe do some research before you spit on Catholics?
    The Republic wasn't even discriminating muslims, read about Tatars that were given aristocracy status.*
    Americans really don't know much about history, geography or other countries because of ignorant channels like this…

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  53. therealhardrock

    July 28, 2019 2:31 am

    What really needs to be known is how the state-backed religions in Europe treated those who did not conform to the state religion. Most know about the Catholic Inquisitions, but when Protestantism came to dominate certain places, they did the same thing.

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  54. D. Chen

    August 4, 2019 8:57 am

    The question is, each religion has it's own view of religious freedom and the circumstances are also different. For example, after years of war, Asoka the Great gave up the dispute of religion and claimed that BUDDHISM and other religions could live together, based on the concept of Dharma.

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  55. rifan budi

    August 19, 2019 7:33 am

    Islam promotes tolerance ,
    Quran (koran) Surah Al-Mumtahina, Verse 8:
    لَّا يَنْهَاكُمُ اللَّهُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يُقَاتِلُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ وَلَمْ يُخْرِجُوكُم مِّن دِيَارِكُمْ أَن تَبَرُّوهُمْ وَتُقْسِطُوا إِلَيْهِمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ

    Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice.
    (English – Shakir)

    via iQuran

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  56. Hindu Historian

    August 21, 2019 9:22 pm

    If religious tolerance is unique to America, why is it that India was the only place in the world where Jews were never persecuted (till the Europeans got there?)

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  57. David L

    September 15, 2019 11:48 pm

    Our founding was not based on Christianity or any other religion, but on religious freedom and freedom from religion and that is fact. Jefferson said in his inaugural address- " We had banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered". A much greater ideal than tolerance is freedom and that is what our Constitution stands for regarding religion.

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  58. Ayush Singh

    September 19, 2019 7:30 pm

    It's as if America and Europe are the only two place that ever existed. And before Christianity no other religious society existed.India was a tolerant religious society hosting multitude of faiths and beliefs including Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism centuries before Christianity or Islam came.

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  59. Brock Carlson

    September 28, 2019 3:02 am

    Goodbye christianity in America, you tried to stay relevant to younger generations but failed so to you I say ,goodbye and good riddance to you.

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