Edmund Burke's Views On The French Revolution

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The French Revolution is one of the most controversial topics in today’s European history. Throughout decades this revolution has not only been influential in European customs and ideals, but throughout the world as well. During the 18th century the rise and power of the French monarchy created trouble for citizens; the lack of job opportunities, the rise of tax on bread, and an economic crisis for the whole country. With France at stake, revolutionaries like Maximilien Robespierre gathered his beliefs and the needs of all France to create a movement for equality and justice. He spoke on the behalf of all citizens and their rights in order to fight for liberty for all mankind. However, Edmund Burke an Irish political philosopher and American…show more content…
In the 18th century the Roman Catholic Church had power over many royal empires. There were many disputes over religious wars and practices such Catholicism and Protestantism. The National Assembly acknowledged some religious issues among the French and proposed in article 10 that “‘no one shall be disquieted on account of his opinions, including his religious views, provided their manifestation does not disturb the public order established law”’ ( Lualdi 119). Burke profoundly expressed the government laws and religion should not discussed in the same sentence, because it goes against the Catholic Church and its beliefs. The declaration guarantees citizens a certain amount of religious freedom only if it does their government any good. If a religious faith opposes the new constitution and its beliefs of “equality” one is betraying their government, country, and people. With such a small amount of freedom of speech mankind in confining oneself to the governments proposition of having equal opportunity and freedom. Burke quotes that “‘government is not made in virtue of the natural rights, which may and do exist in total independence of it” (644). Instead the declaration triumphs by sending out a message to its people that it is a citizen’s duty to follow this law in order to protect their freedom and justice for
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