When Europe was departing from the Dark Ages and coming into the ‘Enlightenment Period,’ the first societal act was the expulsion of Christianity as a social and civil dogma and was replaced with human rationale as a source of legislation and scientific inquiry.
The monopoly that the church had on freedom of thought limited scientists and intellectuals, leading to a complete rejection of the church and its principles in favor of rationality. This has been Europe’s attitude toward religion since.
Fifty years ago, it was Judaism that was being persecuted, and a wave of anti-Jewish sentiment swept across much of Europe.
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