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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Carolyn talks about religious freedom

Did religious freedom exist as Europeans settled on North American soil, in what was to become the United States of America?
In my background research for my novel Intertwined Love I’ve discovered that the melting pot on American soil has, from the time of the founding settlers, been boiling “just like this"
The Province Charter of 1691 provided that, in Massachusetts, there be “a liberty of Conscience allowed in the Worshipp of God to all Christians Except Papists.”
  • Note: Papist is a (usually disparaging) term or an anti-Catholic slur, referring to the Roman Catholic Church, its teachings, practices, or adherents.)
Barely a year later the basic principle of religious establishment was laid down by statute:
  •  “Able, learned, orthodox” ministers “of good conversation,” approved by a majority of the church-going voters in a “town or place” were to be supported by taxes levied upon all of the inhabitants...For towns which were delinquent in providing such a minister, the Court of General Sessions for the county could “take effectual care to procure and settle a minister qualified as aforesaid, and order the charge thereof and of such minister's maintenance to be levied on the inhabitants of such town.”
Each Massachusetts “town or place” had an established church or congregation that represented the beliefs of a majority of community residents---generally Calvinist doctrine and Read more of this post