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18 November 1302
Pope Boniface VIII Publishes Unam Sanctam, Asserting Papal Supremacy Over Secular Governments

Pope Boniface VIII Publishes Unam Sanctam, Asserting Papal Supremacy Over Secular Governments

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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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12 October 1816
Former Chief Justice John Jay Says Americans Should Prefer Christian Leaders

Former Chief Justice John Jay Says Americans Should Prefer Christian Leaders

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16 August 1842
George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

George Holyoake to Serve Six Months in Prison for Blasphemy

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24 November 1848
Pope Pius IX Flees Mobs in Rome

Pope Pius IX Flees Mobs in Rome

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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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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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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14 December 1906
Baltimore's Cardinal James Gibbons Denounces France's Separation of Church and State Law

Baltimore's Cardinal James Gibbons Denounces France's Separation of Church and State Law

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16 December 1906
Protesters Gather Outside Vatican in Support of Frances's Separation of Church and State Law

Protesters Gather Outside Vatican in Support of Frances's Separation of Church and State Law

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21 December 1906
Pope Pius X Tells Cardinals France's Enforced Secularism Harms Catholic Church Interests

Pope Pius X Tells Cardinals France's Enforced Secularism Harms Catholic Church Interests

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23 December 1906
Minnesota Archbishop John Ireland Denounces Secularism in France

Minnesota Archbishop John Ireland Denounces Secularism in France

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11 August 1913
Archbishop John Ireland Blames Public School Secularism for Decline in American Morals

Archbishop John Ireland Blames Public School Secularism for Decline in American Morals

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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

14 July 1925
SC Sen. Coleman Blease: Teachers Should Profess Belief in Divinity of Jesus

SC Sen. Coleman Blease: Teachers Should Profess Belief in Divinity of Jesus

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24 July 1925

I.R.S. Investigates Atheist Employee Loren Wittner For Striking 'So Help Me God' from Oath

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14 November 1931
Seattle Citizens Ask Supreme Court to Review Law Forbidding Bible Teaching in Public Schools

Seattle Citizens Ask Supreme Court to Review Law Forbidding Bible Teaching in Public Schools

20 September 1936

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

15 November 1936

Catholics Protest Ban on Religious Symbols in Public Schools in Oldenberg, Germany

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25 November 1936
In Oldenburg, Germany, People Complain About Ban on Religious Symbols in Public Schools

In Oldenburg, Germany, People Complain About Ban on Religious Symbols in Public Schools

15 November 1942

U.S. Catholic Bishops Declare Christianity not Secularism is Foundation of Lasting Peace

29 November 1942
Quebec Bishop Desranleau Orders Catholics to Avoid Joining or Quit Religiously Neutral Clubs

Quebec Bishop Desranleau Orders Catholics to Avoid Joining or Quit Religiously Neutral Clubs

28 November 1944
Church of Christ's Dr. Samuel Cavert Says Christians Must Unite to Fight Secularism

Church of Christ's Dr. Samuel Cavert Says Christians Must Unite to Fight Secularism

14 September 1945
McCollum v. Board of Ed: Mother Challenges Religion Classes in Public School

McCollum v. Board of Ed: Mother Challenges Religion Classes in Public School

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16 November 1947
U.S. Catholic Bishops Blame Secularism for All of Worlds Problems

U.S. Catholic Bishops Blame Secularism for All of Worlds Problems

20 November 1948
U.S. Catholic Bishops Condemn Public School Secularism, Want Supreme Court Decision Reversed

U.S. Catholic Bishops Condemn Public School Secularism, Want Supreme Court Decision Reversed

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

27 November 1951
Bishop Arthur Moore Claims U.S. Urgently Needs Religion and Complains About Secularism

Bishop Arthur Moore Claims U.S. Urgently Needs Religion and Complains About Secularism

16 July 1952
Dr. Luella Mundel Loses Slander Suit Over Being Called an Atheist

Dr. Luella Mundel Loses Slander Suit Over Being Called an Atheist

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15 November 1952
U.S. Catholic Bishops Condemn Secularism, Blaming it for All of America's Problems

U.S. Catholic Bishops Condemn Secularism, Blaming it for All of America's Problems

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11 July 1955
President Eisenhower Signs Law Mandating 'In God We Trust' on Coins & Paper Currency

President Eisenhower Signs Law Mandating 'In God We Trust' on Coins & Paper Currency

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30 July 1956
President Eisenhower Signs Resolution to Replace Nation's Motto With 'In God We Trust'

President Eisenhower Signs Resolution to Replace Nation's Motto With 'In God We Trust'

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16 September 1958
Arkansas Gov. Faubus Criticized by Clergy for Opposition to School Desegregation

Arkansas Gov. Faubus Criticized by Clergy for Opposition to School Desegregation

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15 November 1958
U.S. Catholic Bishops Say Modern Secularism Weakens Teaching of Moral Truths by Church

U.S. Catholic Bishops Say Modern Secularism Weakens Teaching of Moral Truths by Church

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21 October 1960
In Puerto Rico Roman Catholic Leaders Prohibit All Catholics Voting for Democratic Party

In Puerto Rico Roman Catholic Leaders Prohibit All Catholics Voting for Democratic Party

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23 October 1960
Archbishop James Davis Jeered at San Juan Cathedral for Telling Catholics Not to Vote for Democrats

Archbishop James Davis Jeered at San Juan Cathedral for Telling Catholics Not to Vote for Democrats

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23 October 1960
Puerto Rico's Bishops Condemned by Sen. John Kennedy for Telling Catholics Not to Vote for Democrats

Puerto Rico's Bishops Condemned by Sen. John Kennedy for Telling Catholics Not to Vote for Democrats

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24 October 1960
Vatican Backs Puerto Rican Bishops in Prohibiting Vote for Popular Democratic Party

Vatican Backs Puerto Rican Bishops in Prohibiting Vote for Popular Democratic Party

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24 October 1960
Puerto Rico's Republicans and Independents Picket Bishop's Home Over Ban on Voting for Democrats

Puerto Rico's Republicans and Independents Picket Bishop's Home Over Ban on Voting for Democrats

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28 October 1960
Puerto Rico's Bishop James McManus Defends Ban on Voting for Democrats

Puerto Rico's Bishop James McManus Defends Ban on Voting for Democrats

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28 October 1960
U.S. Government Asked to Protest Vatican Interference in Puerto Rico Elections

U.S. Government Asked to Protest Vatican Interference in Puerto Rico Elections

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28 October 1960
Jesuits Criticize Puerto Rican Bishops Prohibition on Voting for Democratic Party

Jesuits Criticize Puerto Rican Bishops Prohibition on Voting for Democratic Party

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29 October 1960
Puerto Rican Bishops Threaten Catholic Voters With Excommunication if they Vote for Democratic Party

Puerto Rican Bishops Threaten Catholic Voters With Excommunication if they Vote for Democratic Party

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19 November 1961
U.S. Catholic Bishops Voice Alarm at Moral Decay Causing Crime, Greed, Prejudice, and Injustice

U.S. Catholic Bishops Voice Alarm at Moral Decay Causing Crime, Greed, Prejudice, and Injustice

6 January 1969

Governor George Romney Blames Secular Education in Public Schools for Crime

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8 November 1971
U.S. House of Representatives Votes For Constitutional Amendment to Permit 'Voluntary' Prayer in Public School

U.S. House of Representatives Votes For Constitutional Amendment to Permit 'Voluntary' Prayer in Public School

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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3 November 1978
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Arrested at Austin City Council Meeting for Talking During Prayer

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Arrested at Austin City Council Meeting for Talking During Prayer

 
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