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A Dark Flipside to Religious Liberty?

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Alongside an atheistic secular humanism we are challenged to coexist with a diverse plurality of religions and denominations. We must pray that our own promulgation and defense of religious liberty will not come back to haunt us. Few are asking whether this liberty should be without boundaries. Is it possible that such freedom might follow a peculiar circular evolution or devolution? Is it possible that this liberty might set the stage for later repression of the very ones that first promoted it as an ideal? Look at the history of the thirteen colonies in early America. Maryland was established as a haven for English Catholics to celebrate their faith and to live their lives in peace. An Anglican and a Catholic priest came to this new land as friends who respected each other. The goodwill shared between believers led to the Edict of Toleration 1649. It mandated liberty for all true Christians (believing in the Trinitarian God). When it was observed that Protestant Puritans in Virginia were being persecuted; the Catholics of Maryland invited them into the Maryland colony. Within a short time, the Protestants seized power and penal laws were enacted to repress the Catholic faith and to persecute believers. Good intentions do not always insure beneficial results.