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Quotes of the Day for 21 April 2002 – Religious Tolerance

The Act of Toleration was enacted by the Maryland Assembly on this day in 1649. It established complete freedom of worship and belief, whether Protestant or Roman Catholic, within "this Province, or the Islands, Ports, Harbors, Creekes, or havens thereunto belonging." It was a landmark piece of legislation in a land where most colonists had sailed not only to escape religious persecution at home, but to establish their own flavor where they landed. On the other hand, the act only applied to Christians - it called for death and confiscation of property for those who committed blasphemy. Here are some thoughts on religious tolerance.

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The quotes:

People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
     - Samuel Butler, 1612 - 1680

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
     - Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965

Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one.
     - Elbert Hubbard, 1856 - 1915

Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
     - Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 - 1778

One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.
     - Robert A. Heinlein, 1907 - 1988

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