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Genuine religious liberty is one of the most remarkable legacies of the United States. We often do not appreciate that this legacy is of recent origin. We look in vain though history for another state, country or community whose laws enshrined genuine religious liberty. Here is a little background.
Liberty and the Ancient World
In all ancient cultures, religious order and governmental authority were tied together. The gods of one's tribe were tied to ancestors, to the chief of the tribe, and to the elders. They were totally intertwined. The idea of any separation was not on the horizon of human consciousness. Some Greek philosophers questioned and sometimes even mocked the common religious ideas of their day. However, the people were still expected to show loyalty to the city or polis by participating in temple rights and sacrifices. It was part of civic duty ...
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