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2011-09-13
September 13: The Religious Tolerance of Roger Williams

Roger Williams Banished (1635): Separation of Church and State It was on this date, September 13, 1635, that Separatist preacher Roger Williams, aged about 32, was banished by the Massachusetts General Court for perpetually advocating religious tolerance and separation of church and state.[1] For denouncing the Massachusetts Bay Company charter, and for holding "divers new […]

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2011-07-04
July 4: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne never bothered to attend church as an adult and one biographer observes that, "His own family did not know what his opinions were."

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November 18: Pierre Bayle

Bayle was too prudent to criticise God and immortality directly, but it is generally assumed that only an Atheist could write with such tolerant words for religious diversity.



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