Religious Freedom

King Ashoka, a Yogi who died 232 years before Jesus Christ was born, was the first monarch to guaranty the right to freedom of religion.  His proclamation is still remembered:


Those who are content with their own religion should be told this: I do not value gifts and honors as much as he values that there should be growth in the essentials of all religions. And to this end many [Officers of State] are working. The fruit of this is that one's own religion grows and the Dhamma is illuminated also.