Voltaire By Billy Hennessy

Summary of Ideas Voltaire was fighting for freedom of speech. He said “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. This means he wanted to protect freedom of speech even if it meant him dying. He wanted people to be able to say what ever they wanted. He fought for the basic rights of humans; freedom of religion and speech. He also believed in separation of church and state.
What Voltaire did was he separated Church and State which set one of the foundations of America. The Church didn't like this because it told people they didn't have to be what the Church said they had to be. The Church had always had power but with the separation of Church and State the Church lost some of its power. Voltaire also believed in freedom of speech. He fought for people's right to say what they want.
Impact on Society... This impacted society by telling people that they had the freedom of speech and could say what ever they wanted no matter what the government said. His idea for freedom of the press told people that the press didn't have to agree or listen to the government when they published something. Freedom of religion also told people that they could be what ever religion they wanted not the religion agreed that was "best" for the or their country.
When he was around in...Voltaire was around in the early seventeen hundreds. He was born to François-Marie Arouet a prosperous family in France.
Quote.... Voltaire was quoted with saying this. It means that he feels that he couldn't believe that he and others were wasting their time trying to tell the government that these are basic human rights. He fought very hard for these rights and ended up winning. These rights are rights that should be given to everyone.

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