Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks

Forced worship stinks in God's nostrils

-Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, to Maj. John Mason and Gov. Thomas Prence, 22 June 1670

There can be no compulsions in matters of religion

-Quran 2:256

Nothing but free argument, raillery and even ridicule will preserve the purity of religion

-Thomas Jefferson, “Notes on Religion,” 1776

So much blood has been shed by the Church because of an omission from the Gospel: “Ye shall be indifferent as to what your neighbor’s religion is.” Not merely tolerant of it, but indifferent to it. Divinity is claimed for many religions; but no religion is great enough or divine enough to add that new law to its code.

-Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), a Biography

Proposed U.S. flag amendment to Constitution offends key tenet of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

The British colonies in America: Early cases of repression in the land of religious freedom:

  • Massachusetts law banishing Quakers on pain of death (1658)
  • Mary Dyer, Quaker woman hanged in Boston for her religious beliefs (1660)

The British colonies in America: The birth of religious freedom:

USA: Thoughts of the founders:


Basic documents on the separation of church and state:

Buddhism and human rights:

Judeo-Christianity and human rights:

Biblical passages supporting human rights

Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks

Challenging what is inhumane in the Bible

John Brown: Address to the court, before being hanged at Harper’s Ferry (1859)

Daoism and human rights:



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