Voltaire Valet Tray

$15.00

Description

Custom printed cotton linen valet tray. Handmade. Store flat, snap corners to form tray. Tray is waxed with Otterwax to make it easy to wipe clean. Featuring a quote from Voltaire:

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

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Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices, was written by Fran├žois-Marie Arouet, who later started calling himself Voltaire.

Voltaire lived much of his life in France and much of his commentary reflects what ultimately became the French Revolution. He was born in 1694 shortly after the Edict of Fontainebleau (1685) had declared the Protestant religion illegal. People were imprisoned and sent into slavery if they failed to convert and baptize their children as Catholic. Legal or medical degrees would not be issued if proof of being a compliant Catholic was not presented. Soldiers terrorized Protestants (called Heguenots) until they either converted or fled France.

He was imprisoned in the famous Bastille twice and banished for publishing his beliefs in a separation of church and state and civil rights. Toward the end of his life he used his accumulated wealth for justice. He led the charge on many legal cases with poor evidence, unfair trials and unjust imprisonment.

He spoke out against churches using the bible to justify their abuse of power and decried absolutism in favor of a constitutional monarchy.

Voltaire was a deist. He believed in a creator but he did not believe anyone should be treated differently because of their religion. Ultimately, he was denied a Christian burial.