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Episode 10- Magna Carta: The Foundation of Freedom

Adam Ramdin
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The Magna Carta is one of the most important documents in history, yet many have never heard of it or read it in full. Its legacy has inspired liberty and freedom around the world, showing that no one is above the law.

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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA

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  • March 22, 2017
    12:00 PM
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The Magna Carta was signed just over eight hundred years ago in Runnymede a document that would have both civil and religious importance for England and also for the whole world the backdrop to the signing of the Magna Carta was the growing tension between the king of England and the pope over who had the authority to appoint the bishops of London and Canterbury at that time the king of England King John was probably one of our week a king the pope at that time Pope in the face of the third was probably one of the stronger pope and in this battle of the pope eventually one because the king wasn't able to count on the support of the Barons because he had conflict with them he eventually surrendered to the people league eight in twelve thirteen even laying his crown down at the feet and an act of submission he also agreed to pay one thousand mosques a year and that should any of his successes break that agreement they would lose all. In the round. Was humiliate. The barons were stunned into action they would never be slaves to the pope the issue of national sovereignty and the exchanging of money for spiritual benefits what at stake they fit and rightly so that this could be one step in a course of events that would lead the pope to setting up who we wanted to on the English thrown overreaching his authority into national matters these were some of the main. The reason why Magna Carta was signed on the fifteenth of June twelve fifteen. The first clause stated the Church of England shall be free and hold her rights entire and her liberties in violate this issue would rumble on for the next one hundred and fifty years and the money due to be paid to Rome lapsed over time and became sporadic This was one of the main reasons of John Wycliffe early disagreements with Rome. Another key aspect of the Magna Carta was the basis of the law that it set up that the king and the law makers was subject to the same law that they themselves wrote that those accused were granted the right to be tried by a jury of their peers these among many of the clauses form the basis of rule or injustice as we know it today many of the principles of Magna Carta form the basis of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in America in fact this monument here was paid for by the A B A The American Bar Association today there are four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta one in the Lincoln Castle one in St Mary's Cathedral in Salzburg and two in the British Library the principles of Magna Carta we still live on today stand to us as a testament that we should cherish our civil liberties that we should protect our civil liberties and that we should use the time that we have now in the spreading of the Gospel while we have the ability to do so.

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