Trump White House commemorates 850th anniversary of Christian martyr St. Thomas Becket | Boing Boing

The White House released an official proclamation to mark the 850th anniversary of the death of St. Thomas Becket who had a contentious involvement with King Henry II of England, and was eventually murdered by the King’s followers for refusing to submit the church to the King’s will. Soon after his death, he was canonized by Pope Alexander III.Why is this important enough for the White House to commemorate? Well, officially, it’s because:

Before the Magna Carta was drafted, before the right to free exercise of religion was enshrined as America’s first freedom in our glorious Constitution, Thomas gave his life so that, as he said, “the Church will attain liberty and peace.”

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