My answer to If the noblest edict in stone was one of t love for all and tolerance of all faiths, which king /emper…
Answer by Vishu Menon:
It certainly was not the narcissistic, jealous and intolerant god who wrote it himself on two stone tablets and had it hidden in a golden Arc of Covenant and then killed all those other than selected priests who tried to take a peek at it.
It definitely was not a Prophet who said there was no compulsion in religion, but also wanted all those who did not believe in his singular god to be chased and slayed by the edge of the sword,
It is extremely unlikely that a scheming god who told his disciple that it is OK to worship and sacrifice to any other god, but if you want real results, you should pray and sacrifice to me alone would have made such an edict.
To my mind, the first and the oldest (nearly a century before Christ) proclamation of true secularism and tolerance that got engraved in stone in three languages – including Aramaic and Greek – and in several copies was by Emperor Ashoka, . Ashoka’s Edict No. 12, partially damaged, can still be seen in the already intolerant Kandahar and gradually becoming intolerant Karnataka
Today, the Nation that this great emperor once reigned, is now governed by men of clay who ridicule Secular as ‘Sickular’.
Perhaps there were others before him. I am keen to know.