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24 August 1215
Magna Carta Declared Invalid by Pope Innocent III

Magna Carta Declared Invalid by Pope Innocent III

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7 February 1497
Bonfire of the Vanities Takes Place in Florence under Girolamo Savonarola

Bonfire of the Vanities Takes Place in Florence under Girolamo Savonarola

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22 February 1632
Galileo Publishes Book Defending Heliocentrism

Galileo Publishes Book Defending Heliocentrism

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13 February 1633
Galileo to Stand Trial Before Inquisition for Heresy

Galileo to Stand Trial Before Inquisition for Heresy

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27 July 1656
Baruch Spinoza is Expelled From His Synagogue for Heresy

Baruch Spinoza is Expelled From His Synagogue for Heresy

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15 February 1775
Pius VI Elected Pope

Pius VI Elected Pope

28 April 1783
Pope Clement XII Issues Papal Decree Against Freemasons, Bans Catholics From Joining

Pope Clement XII Issues Papal Decree Against Freemasons, Bans Catholics From Joining

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29 April 1814
Pope Pius VIII Complains that French Constitution Protects Religious Liberty

Pope Pius VIII Complains that French Constitution Protects Religious Liberty

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15 July 1826

Cayetan Ripoll Hung for Teaching Deist Ideas

10 February 1829
Death of Reactionary, Anti-Modernist Pope Leo XII

Death of Reactionary, Anti-Modernist Pope Leo XII

24 May 1829
Pope Pius VIII Condemns Treating Catholicism Like Other Religions

Pope Pius VIII Condemns Treating Catholicism Like Other Religions

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15 August 1832
Pope Gregory XVI Complains About Growth of Freedom of Conscience

Pope Gregory XVI Complains About Growth of Freedom of Conscience

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3 July 1849
Roman Republic Ends as French Army Marches into Rome

Roman Republic Ends as French Army Marches into Rome

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8 December 1864
Pope Pius IX Complains About Ideas Like Freedom of Press and Religion

Pope Pius IX Complains About Ideas Like Freedom of Press and Religion

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3 March 1873
Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

Passage of the Comstock Act, First Federal Antiobscenity Law

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23 December 1877

Woman's Christian Temperance Union Organized in Hillsboro, Ohio

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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4 August 1879
Pope Leo XIII Condemns Modern Philosophy

Pope Leo XIII Condemns Modern Philosophy

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8 November 1901

Christians in Athens Riot Over Translation of Gospels into Modern Greek

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11 February 1906
Pope Pius X Condemns Church/State Separation

Pope Pius X Condemns Church/State Separation

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8 September 1907
Pope Pius X Condemns Modernism

Pope Pius X Condemns Modernism

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10 September 1910
Oath Against Modernism Created by Pope Pius X

Oath Against Modernism Created by Pope Pius X

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31 July 1914
General von Kleist States in Berlin Paper That Jews Won't be Promoted to Officers in Army

General von Kleist States in Berlin Paper That Jews Won't be Promoted to Officers in Army

13 May 1925
William Jennings Bryan Volunteers to Help Prosecute John Scopes

William Jennings Bryan Volunteers to Help Prosecute John Scopes

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24 May 1925
William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

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6 June 1925
John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

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8 June 1925
John Scopes and George Rappleyea in NYC to Find Scientists to Testify

John Scopes and George Rappleyea in NYC to Find Scientists to Testify

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13 June 1925
John Godsey, Defense Lawyer for John Scopes, Submits Motion to get Indictment Quashed

John Godsey, Defense Lawyer for John Scopes, Submits Motion to get Indictment Quashed

22 June 1925
ACLU Will Try to Raise $10,000 for Defense of John Scopes for Teaching Evolution

ACLU Will Try to Raise $10,000 for Defense of John Scopes for Teaching Evolution

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24 June 1925
Clarence Darrow Disinvited to Speak at Tennessee Bar Association

Clarence Darrow Disinvited to Speak at Tennessee Bar Association

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25 June 1925
Dudley Field Malone Declares Evolution and Christianity Can Co-Exist

Dudley Field Malone Declares Evolution and Christianity Can Co-Exist

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1 December 1930
N.Y. Bishop Manning Stops Lecture by Judge Who Advocates Companionate Marriage

N.Y. Bishop Manning Stops Lecture by Judge Who Advocates Companionate Marriage

7 December 1930
Sermon by Episcopal Bishop Manning Interrupted Over Companionate Marriage Fight

Sermon by Episcopal Bishop Manning Interrupted Over Companionate Marriage Fight

16 September 1931
Rev. Michael Bolton of St. Albans in England Attacks Contraceptives

Rev. Michael Bolton of St. Albans in England Attacks Contraceptives

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8 June 1934
Archbishop Glennon Will Tell Catholics to Stay Away From Unclean Movies

Archbishop Glennon Will Tell Catholics to Stay Away From Unclean Movies

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19 June 1935
Exeter Bishop Pleads in House of Lords to Keep Democracy out of India

Exeter Bishop Pleads in House of Lords to Keep Democracy out of India

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29 June 1936
Pope Pius XI Issues Encyclical to American Bishops on Censorship of Motion Pictures

Pope Pius XI Issues Encyclical to American Bishops on Censorship of Motion Pictures

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20 September 1936

Priest Assails Atheism, Secularism, Liberalism as 'Wounds in the Body of Christianity'

13 December 1936
Archbishop of Canterbury Cosmo Lang Attacks Edward VIII for Plans to Marry American Divorcee

Archbishop of Canterbury Cosmo Lang Attacks Edward VIII for Plans to Marry American Divorcee

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10 February 1939
Death of Pope Pius XI

Death of Pope Pius XI

10 April 1942
Christian Nationalist Crusade Begins Publishing in America

Christian Nationalist Crusade Begins Publishing in America

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7 September 1949
Archbishop of York: Secularism & Atheistic Communism are Foes of Christianity

Archbishop of York: Secularism & Atheistic Communism are Foes of Christianity

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1 December 1950
National Council of Churches President Rejects any Separation Between Secular and Sacred

National Council of Churches President Rejects any Separation Between Secular and Sacred

0 November 1957
American Bishops: State and Church Have Right to Censor the Media for Public Good

American Bishops: State and Church Have Right to Censor the Media for Public Good

0 November 1963
Messiah Lutheran Church Holds Public Burning of Magazines, Government Officials Attend

Messiah Lutheran Church Holds Public Burning of Magazines, Government Officials Attend

23 November 1972
Cardinal Patrick O'Boyle Wants Georgetown to Censor Student Published Pamphlet on Sex

Cardinal Patrick O'Boyle Wants Georgetown to Censor Student Published Pamphlet on Sex

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11 October 1975

Catholic Bishops Suppress Book That Asks Pointed Questions about Conservative Catholic Values

3 October 1979
Pope John Paul II Gives Speech Praising Individual Liberty and Freedom

Pope John Paul II Gives Speech Praising Individual Liberty and Freedom

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14 July 1986
Mozert v. Hawkins: Christian Parents Want to Pull Kids From Offensive Classes

Mozert v. Hawkins: Christian Parents Want to Pull Kids From Offensive Classes

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9 July 1987
Mozert v. Hawkins: Christian Parents Want Right to Opt Out of Offensive Classes

Mozert v. Hawkins: Christian Parents Want Right to Opt Out of Offensive Classes

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