Want to know why I was so impressed with Genghis Khan’s attitude toward religious freedom? Let me put it in perspective:
At the same time that the French envoy, Father Rubruck, was debating in Mongolia (with Buddhists and Muslims), his sponsor, King Louis IX, was busily rounding up Talmudic and Islamic texts into huge piles and burning them. For this crime against history and humanity, the Church canonized him as St. Louis.
Remember, the Crusades are running about contemporary to this. On one hand, the “civilized” world at war over religion. On the other, the “barbarian hordes” engaging in free religious debate.
Just thought you might be interested.