Religious Freedom in Britain and America Comparison Essay by Research Group

Religious Freedom in Britain and America
A comparison between America and Britain, where freedom of religion is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, while Britain has no written constitution and yet maintains freedom of religion in a number of ways.
# 27045 | 1,467 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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The writer looks at the levels of religious tolerance by the British government and subsequent formation of America's standard. The paper explains that while both the United States and Britain have long traditions of religious freedom, Britain had more bloody confrontations over religion in her history than America has had. The writer provides background information on religion in Britain and provides relative information for America.

From the Paper:

"Religious freedom in Britain was achieved gradually from the 17th century to the present. Laws that discriminated against minority religious groups were gradually administered less harshly and then finally repealed, and heresy ceased to be a legal offense with the passage of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Act of 1677. The Toleration Act of 1688 granted freedom of worship to Protestant minority groups. The Test and Corporation Act was repealed in 1828 to give nonconformists full political rights, after which it was possible for them to be appointed to public office. Roman Catholics gained political rights with the Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829."

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