The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science, Art, and Finance Volume 6

The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science, Art, and Finance Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...good excuse for not readily comprehending them, as they arise from peculiarities of French institutions which have no sort of counterpart in England. Nothing can be more certain than that 1" -cnch law fully recognises religious freedom. It is one of those " principles of 1789" which have been solemnly confirmed by every single Constitution adopted or submitted to by the French people since they first got their taste for Constitution-making. In certain respects, therefore, the religious liberty of Frenchmen is complete. The equality of sects before the law is firmly established. All have their expenses paid by the State, and the standard of payment is the same for all. No man's faith involves him in any kind of civil disability. A Protestant was Premier under LOUIS PHILIPPE, a Jew was in the Cabinet of the Republic, and a financier strongly suspected of Hebraism is the favourite Minister of NAPOLEON 1II. There is, however, another aspect in which the religious freedom of the French Protestants, and indeed of every given sect in France, is so extraordinarily narrow that it is only possible to illustrate it by comparing it with the situation of Dissenters in the bitterly orthodox empire of the CZAR. This arises from the stern Administrative control which presses in theory on all sects alike, but which practically omits to interfere with the religious body favoured by the ruler of the day. Ve know nothing in England of the difference between Law and Administration, or, as it is better put, between Judicial and Administrative Justice. VVe may be tliankful for our ignorance, since we probably owe to it our being a nation of freemen instead of a peuple centsl'acentsl1n-inistres. We have been, in fact, so lonshow more

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  • Paperback | 1048 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236831330