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the origin and safeguard of our constitutional liberties

2 minuten leestijd

1

Constitiitiojial Liberties.

895-]

to string up the Spaniards to the

same

647

trees

on which he

found the bodies of the Huguenots, with this writing above " Killed as murderers, not as Spaniards."

their heads:

aside from this historic incident,

who does

But

not see the strik-

ing similarity between this colonization plan of de Coligni

which ended

in

and that of the Puritans which met

failure,

The

with success?

eyes of both looked for a

new

glance of both was turned toward America, and

world, the

in Coligni's

idea, as well as in Robinson's, the consciousness found ex-

pression that Calvinistic faith could not flourish

monwealth constituted

after

Romish

carried within itself a creative principle

law of

its

On nots,

own, and a new

political

which contained a state-

life.

Hugue-

the question of toleration. Independents and

though

less closely,

were also

com-

a

in

state-law, but rather

allied.

It

cannot be de-

nied that, impelled by passions so violently aroused by warfare

without quarter, cruelties were also practised by them. are facts, and to falsify history

is

no temptation to

reason that Calvinism does not seek

but

in principles.

The

question

is:

strength

its

What was

Facts

us, for

in

the

persons,

the desire and

And

the design of those Calvinistic leaders in France.''

the

answer is found in that important document of state which was issued by the Huguenot leaders, on the sixteenth day of December, 1573. Hence after the massacre of St. Bartholo-

mew

and conceived

title

"Reglement de

in

the midst of

Politic et

its

horrors.

It

bore the

de Guerre," and contained the

was to be the conHuguenot state in France. In this constitution. Article XXXIII. treats of the attitude toward Romanists, who were by far the minority in Reformed neighborhoods, carefully-outlined fundamental law which stitution of the

^nd reads:

"

tlest possible

Unarmed manner.

Catholics are to be treated

No

in

the gen-

outrage shall be committed upon

them, nor shall violence be done against their conscience, honor, or property.

They

shall

be allowed to dwell

bonds of friendship and peace, as good

citizens

in

the

and beloved

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 34 Pagina's

Calvinism - pagina 5

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