Fundamental Liberties of a Free People: Religion, Speech, by Milton Konvitz

By Milton Konvitz

This can be severe instead of technical exam of the freedoms that are analogous with the USA: freedom of faith, freedom of speech, and others. Konvitz covers such subject matters as obscene literature, exertions dispute picketing, prior restraint, police energy, freedom to not converse, and so forth.

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4 The consequences of this position were obvious to Robinson and his adherents, and became obvious to many others in the course of time: If a meeting of two or three men in the name of God and for the purpose of serving Him in accordance with their "covenant" is a congregation, a church, then there may be no official body of doctrine or rites prescribed for all churches, and one church can have no authority over another church. This meant necessarily a multiplicity of independent churches, just as the belief in perpetual reform meant neces- What Is a Church?

For Madison was not afraid that public support of all Christian denominations, or of all churches without distinction or preference—co-operation between church and state displacing separation 4—would lead to the establishment of one religion as the state religion. What he did fear was that the removal of some stones from the new wall of separation of church and state in Virginia might lead to the collapse of the wall and to state support of religion in general; and he was as opposed to the establishment of Protestantism, or of Christianity, or of all religion as to the establishment of any one denomination.

Catholics, however, were excluded from public office. 2O Fundamental Liberties Maryland insisted on Christian belief—a person who denied the existence of the Trinity was subject to the death penalty (there is no evidence that this law was ever enforced). Lord Baltimore, a Catholic, established the mutual toleration of Catholics and Protestants; before long, however, Anglicans gained control of the colony, and then liberty was denied to Catholics and non-Anglican Protestants. In the Carolinas, although the Church of England was established there, the authorities did not generally molest non-Anglicans; but atheists were excluded.

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