Restrictions on Freedom of Assembly in Swedish Society

Ever wondered why they left?

Conventicles placard or “Konventikelplakatet” was a decree of January 12, 1726, which forbade conventicles (prayer meetings in homes, except for family devotions). “Konventikelplakatet” was directed against the pietistic movement, in order to safeguard the “unity in religion” which, by that time perception was necessary for the perpetuation of society. Violation of the regulation could result in severe penalties.

In the 1800s, the “konventikelplakatet” was also used against the “Ropar Movement” and the Free Church movement. Many refused to acquiesce to the spiritual straitjacket, and preferred to emigrate - mostly to North America. The first big wave of emigration in 1840 - and 1850s was due in part to the relentless law. From almost all parts of the country came petitions calling for the abolition of the law. The issue was discussed at several Parliaments, but not until October 26, 1858 was the placard proclamation repealed (58 YEARS LATER!!!)

A new, slightly more lenient law came in its place. Meetings without the guidance of a priest was still not allowed during the regular worship time without special permission. As early as December 11, 1868 this law was also replaced. Now it was said that if such a meeting would be held during the general service time, it was not allowed to be held so close to the church that it interfered with the peace and order.



If you gathered with your friends and/or family in your own home, the sheriff or the local cleric could always claim that you held home church meetings, hence breaking the “Conventicles placard”. They didn’t care if you talked about Hebrew propaganda or an insane “god” called Yahweh. The fact is that the authorities didn’t want Swedes to assemble, complain about the way church and state tortured their subject and potentially “plot” against the power elite. They learned their lesson from Dacke, and didn’t want to have another revolutionary war on their hands. So they decided to nail us with this stupid law that divided us and prevented us from cooperating. This beautiful “legacy” has today created a population that is scared of cooperating or simply talking about helping each other out. Swedes are conformist and very rule obsessed. Swedes are also very isolated, fearful and hardly communicates or cooperates. I believe that the Swedish people have been traumatized over hundreds of year by the church’s persecution, state tyranny and the wars. This today, I believe, is hardwired into the Swede (almost genetically) and it is reflected in the way the current tyrannical government of Sweden is being run and how it’s accepted by the “domesticated” population.

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