…let freedom ring
Slavery had a long tradition in the USA. It officially ended on 18 December 1865, after the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified and successfully added to the constitution. As of that moment black people were granted citizen status, the men were given voting rights and the age of slavery was officially and legally over.
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…a tail of jesuses
Most religions have a prophet. Whether most of us know who he is like jesus, or others that only some of us may have heard of like for example joesph smith jr, there are several stories and myths surrounding many of these prophets. Tales that speak of extraordinary deeds. Mohammed rode to the heavens on a winged horse, moses split the red sea and jesus awoke from the dead and, even more important for some, turned water into whine. Those are all very admirable things to do, considering that you were the second guy to tame a pegasus, lead your people to go deep sea fishing while fleeing from annihilation or that you can supply a party with an everlasting supply of alcohol.
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…Monsignor Lemaître vs Pope Pius XII
George Lemaître was a belgian catholic priest who lived from 17 July 1984 to 20 June 1966. Lemaître, even though he was an ordained priest in the catholic church, devoted his life mostly to the studies of physics, especially astronomy.
In 1927 he published his paper “A homogeneous Universe of constant mass and growing radius accounting for the radial velocity of extragalactic nebulae” in the magazine “Annals of the Scientific Society of Brussels”. The paper applied Albert Einsteins theory of general relativity to cosmology for the first time, formulating that our universe began with a giant explosion, and since then keeps on expanding.
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…the jerusalem syndrome
Jerusalem is and has been the center of interest and belief for the largest religions on earth. Tourists and believers alike travel and pilgrimage to the city where solomon supposedly built his temple, jesus dragged the cross through the via dolorosa and muhammad landed after his night journey from mecca, riding a winged horse. The city has been in the center of all 3 beliefs and has brought peace to their followers as an anchor and playground for each respective mythology. On the other hand it has been torn by struggles over supposedly holy land and buildings.
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