Tercentenary of British Parliament leading the global development of freedom of religion by beginning repeal of the Test Acts
Although little remembered today it is hard to overstate the importance of repeal of the Test Acts as they marked the achievement of full freedom of religion in the UK and its spread across the world. Countries such as the USA and Australia, which branched off from Britain during or immediately after this period, wrote specific clauses into their constitutions prohibiting any future government from requiring assent to particular beliefs for those in public office.
This is a history that universities should carefully reflect on, not least in the light of current attempts on some campuses to censor students and outside speakers who dissent from politically correct orthodoxy or hold minority religious beliefs.
Dr Martin Parsons