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May 24, 2012



"Like the Bishops, what [More] wanted was not freedom of conscience regarding matters of religion, but for his own view of religious orthodoxy to prevail."

You hear the same sort of mistake when people say that the Puritans came to the New World for the sake of "religious freedom."


"The sainted More" was also partly responsible for the last 500 years of Tudor black propaganda smearing the reputation of Richard III, a Renaissance prince who was admittedly no saint himself but was nothing like the Eeeeeevil!!!! villain of Shakespeare's play. Lying for one's political master's benefit didn't bother More's oh-so-pure conscience one little bit.

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Scott Paeth teaches Religious Studies at DePaul University