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6 March -12
Roman Emperor Augustus Made Pontifex Maximus

Roman Emperor Augustus Made Pontifex Maximus

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17 September 14
Augustus Caesar Deified by Roman State After His Death

Augustus Caesar Deified by Roman State After His Death

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26 June 363
Death of Emperor Julian the Apostate, Last Non-Christian Ruler of Rome

Death of Emperor Julian the Apostate, Last Non-Christian Ruler of Rome

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26 November 389
Roman Emperors Order Expulsion of all Heretic Leaders From Meeting Houses

Roman Emperors Order Expulsion of all Heretic Leaders From Meeting Houses

14 November 408
Roman Emperors: Any Who Dare Disagree With Emperor Over Religion Can't Serve in Palace

Roman Emperors: Any Who Dare Disagree With Emperor Over Religion Can't Serve in Palace

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24 November 408
Roman Emperors Forbid Anything Contrary to Catholicism

Roman Emperors Forbid Anything Contrary to Catholicism

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27 November 408
Roman Emperors: Dissenting Priests are not Allowed to Convene Meetings

Roman Emperors: Dissenting Priests are not Allowed to Convene Meetings

30 May 428
Churches Taken by Heretics to be Restored to Christian Leaders

Churches Taken by Heretics to be Restored to Christian Leaders

18 June 1053
Pope Leo IX and Army Defeated in Battle by Normans

Pope Leo IX and Army Defeated in Battle by Normans

24 August 1215
Magna Carta Declared Invalid by Pope Innocent III

Magna Carta Declared Invalid by Pope Innocent III

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19 March 1452
Pope Nicholas V Crowns Frederick III Emperor

Pope Nicholas V Crowns Frederick III Emperor

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11 October 1521
England's King Henry VIII Named 'Defender of the Faith' by Pope Leo X for his Attacks on Luther & Protestantism

England's King Henry VIII Named 'Defender of the Faith' by Pope Leo X for his Attacks on Luther & Protestantism

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13 September 1541
John Calvin Returns to Geneva After Three Years of Exile

John Calvin Returns to Geneva After Three Years of Exile

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26 June 1546
Pope Paul III and Emperor Charles V Jointly Oppose Followers of Martin Luther

Pope Paul III and Emperor Charles V Jointly Oppose Followers of Martin Luther

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16 September 1581
English Parliament Passes Law Ordering Death for Anyone Converting to Catholicism

English Parliament Passes Law Ordering Death for Anyone Converting to Catholicism

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1 March 1591
French King Henri IV Threatened With Excommunication by Pope Gregory XIV

French King Henri IV Threatened With Excommunication by Pope Gregory XIV

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22 March 1630
Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony Outlaw Cards, Dice, Singing, Dancing

Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony Outlaw Cards, Dice, Singing, Dancing

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18 May 1631
Massachusetts Bans Non-Christians From Holding Political Office

Massachusetts Bans Non-Christians From Holding Political Office

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9 October 1635
Banishment from Massachusetts Ordered for Roger Williams for Heresy and Sedition

Banishment from Massachusetts Ordered for Roger Williams for Heresy and Sedition

7 November 1637
Massachusetts Bay Colony Tries and Convicts Anne Hutchinson for Heresy

Massachusetts Bay Colony Tries and Convicts Anne Hutchinson for Heresy

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22 March 1638
Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay As Punishment for Heresy

Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay As Punishment for Heresy

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14 October 1656

Massachusetts Enacts First of Many Laws Imposing Restrictions on Quakers

27 October 1659

William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson are First Quakers Executed America

19 May 1662
England's King Charles II Approves Act of Uniformity

England's King Charles II Approves Act of Uniformity

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3 May 1675
Massachusetts Law Requires Church Doors be Locked & Guarded During Services

Massachusetts Law Requires Church Doors be Locked & Guarded During Services

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11 May 1682
Massachusetts Repeals Ban on Celebrating Christmas

Massachusetts Repeals Ban on Celebrating Christmas

17 May 1809
Napoleon Orders Papal States be Annexed into French Empire

Napoleon Orders Papal States be Annexed into French Empire

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12 March 1849
Mormon Constitutional Convention Delegates Elect Brigham Young for Governor

Mormon Constitutional Convention Delegates Elect Brigham Young for Governor

10 April 1873
Brigham Young Renounces Temporal Powers in Utah

Brigham Young Renounces Temporal Powers in Utah

28 December 1878
Pope Leo XIII Denounces Idea that Citizens Should be Equal or Have Full Political Freedom

Pope Leo XIII Denounces Idea that Citizens Should be Equal or Have Full Political Freedom

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1 November 1885
Pope Leo XIII Issues Encyclical Stating All States are Subordinate to God

Pope Leo XIII Issues Encyclical Stating All States are Subordinate to God

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7 June 1929
Lateran Treaty: Vatican City Established as a Sovereign State

Lateran Treaty: Vatican City Established as a Sovereign State

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10 December 1933
Bishop Hermann Berning Tells Catholics Hitler Will Develop Third Reich Along Christian Lines

Bishop Hermann Berning Tells Catholics Hitler Will Develop Third Reich Along Christian Lines

30 October 1947
Pope Pius XII Denies that Church and State Should Be Separated

Pope Pius XII Denies that Church and State Should Be Separated

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7 November 1949
Pope Pius XII Tells Catholic Judges to Not Issue Decisions Unsupported by Catholic Doctrine

Pope Pius XII Tells Catholic Judges to Not Issue Decisions Unsupported by Catholic Doctrine

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27 August 1953
Roman Catholicism Declared Official Religion of Spain

Roman Catholicism Declared Official Religion of Spain

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13 April 1959
Pope John XXIII: No Catholic Permitted to Support Communism In Any Way

Pope John XXIII: No Catholic Permitted to Support Communism In Any Way

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5 June 1963

Somalia Assembly Bans Spreading Any Religion but Islam

8 August 1976
President Ford's Speech to Eucharist Congress Disparages Secularism

President Ford's Speech to Eucharist Congress Disparages Secularism

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11 February 1979
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Seizes Power in Iran

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Seizes Power in Iran

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1 April 1979
Iranians Vote in Referendum to put Ayatollah Khomeini in Charge

Iranians Vote in Referendum to put Ayatollah Khomeini in Charge

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11 October 1981
Pope John Paul II Denounces Secularism and Materialism

Pope John Paul II Denounces Secularism and Materialism

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23 August 1984
President Ronald Reagan Attacks Secularism in Public Schools

President Ronald Reagan Attacks Secularism in Public Schools

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26 March 1995
Pope John Paul II Orders Catholics to Ignore Religiously Unjust Laws

Pope John Paul II Orders Catholics to Ignore Religiously Unjust Laws

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28 August 1998
Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif Proposes New Islamic Political and Legal System

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif Proposes New Islamic Political and Legal System

28 March 2002

Judge Connie Wilkerson's Letter on Gays and Lesbians Prompts Ethics Investigation

7 April 2002
Kurt Van Gorden and Melvin Heath Hand Out Baptist Pamphlets on Mormon Property

Kurt Van Gorden and Melvin Heath Hand Out Baptist Pamphlets on Mormon Property

17 March 2003
Pat Robertson Supports Separation of Church and State, Except When Religion is Christianity

Pat Robertson Supports Separation of Church and State, Except When Religion is Christianity

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11 October 2004
Saudi Arabia Asks Non-Muslims to Avoid Eating, Drinking, and Smoking During Ramadan

Saudi Arabia Asks Non-Muslims to Avoid Eating, Drinking, and Smoking During Ramadan

12 October 2004
Saudi Arabia Says Women Cannot Run as Candidates or Vote in 2005 Elections

Saudi Arabia Says Women Cannot Run as Candidates or Vote in 2005 Elections

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