President Trump Honors Martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket, ‘We Ought to Obey God Rather Than Men’

(CNS News) — In honor of the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket, who was murdered because he defended the Christian faith against intrusions by the state, President Trump issued a proclamation for today, Dec. 29, declaring St. Thomas a “lion of religious liberty” whose “martyrdom changed the course of history.”

St. Thomas, then Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered by several knights loyal to King Henry II on Dec. 29, 1170. 

“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,'” President Trump said in his proclamation

“When the crown attempted to encroach upon the affairs of the house of God through the Constitutions of Clarendon, Thomas refused to sign the offending document,” reads the proclamation.  “When the furious King Henry II threatened to hold him in contempt of royal authority and questioned why this ‘poor and humble’ priest would dare defy him, Archbishop Becket responded, ‘God is the supreme ruler, above Kings’ and ‘we ought to obey God rather than men.'” read more

12 Comments on President Trump Honors Martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket, ‘We Ought to Obey God Rather Than Men’

  1. One of my favorite poems by TS Eliot is Murder In The Cathedral all about the murder and martyrdom of Thomas Becket the Archbishop of Canterbury by King Henry II and his knights because Thomas Becket defended the Catholic faith against the King’s orders and was executed for it.

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  2. Of course you know who joey would’ve sided with if he had been around in the year 1170 and it wouldn’t have been Archbishop Thomas Becket. God bless President Trump, not so much joey the usurper wannabe presidunce.

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  3. There’s a great chapter on Henry II and Thomas Becket (who previously was a significant ally and friend of the king) in Dan Jones’ “The Plantagenents”. Jones doesn’t paint Becket’s late years favorably. It’s a great read.

  4. How many people (especially braindead millennials) have read any world history to have known who Archbishop Thomas Becket and King Henry II were? And how come I an older guy know this, I read history books of all kinds, American history, world history, political history etc. growing up from the time I was in 3rd and 4th grade way back in early 60’s and still do. I should’ve been a history major in college. Read for God’s sake, everything you can get your hands on and learn from our shared past history and permanently turn off the damned idiot box. It’s not that hard. I hope that I’m not preaching to the choir but if we don’t know our history we are doomed to be manipulated by those who do and they will use it against us to enslave us all.

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