The Words That Make Up the Bible
Frequently Asked Questions
Religion and Politics
By Rich DuBose
In 1635, Williams was expelled from the church and ordered to leave the Massachusetts colony because of his outspoken opposition to their treatment of native Americans."He upset the elders by denouncing the Massachusetts Bay charter, which allowed the confiscation of Native American lands without compensation and the punishment of purely religious transgressions by the civil officials. Both of those practices offended Williams sensibilities."1
Another of Williams' beliefs that caused particular grief among the authorities was his insistence that people should be able to vote without declaring their religious status. "In essence, Williams was calling for the complete separation of church and state, a position that undercut the authority of the church and civic leaders."2
Roger Williams was a rebel with a cause! His convictions not only endeared him to the native American people, but helped set this country on a course that would eventually ensure religious freedom for everyone.
Proceed with Caution
The political leaders of the United States need to carefully protect The Bill of Rights to make sure that no one faith or religious ideology is endorsed by our government. Hopefully we will not forget the lessons painfully learned by our founding fathers.
Read this fascinating account: Roger Williams: Father of Religious Freedom
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