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Religion, Legal Protection of
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In the Middle Ages and Reformation and post-Reformation eras, most European states had strict laws against blasphemy and attacks on religion, whether verbal or physical, though enforcement might vary, as, for example, when the Reformers staged their assaults on the papal church. Even modern states that are religiously neutral (Church and State) may prohibit some attacks on religion, confessions, and worldviews when these actions might come under the rubric of disturbing the peace. A constitution like that of the United States guarantees the free…

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Bromiley, Geoffrey W., “Religion, Legal Protection of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.38>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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