By Milton Konvitz
This is often serious 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, earlier restraint, police energy, freedom to not communicate, and so on.
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He was a profoundly religious man, and more of a seeker than a dogmatist. Although he seems to have had no use for Quakers, he opposed the enactment of penal statutes against them. The Rhode Island colony that he founded in 1636 at Providence consistently maintained religious freedom in the seventeenth century, but later an effort was made to bar non-Protestants from citizenship and public office. In his Queries of Highest Consideration, Williams argued for the complete separation of church and state, and in the Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience Discussed, published in 1644, he anticipated John Locke by some fifty years and went even further as a protagonist of religious freedom by refusing to exclude Catholics and atheists from its enjoyment.
5 A bill of rights, if its provisions have the "requisite latitude," may, however, be of some use, especially if its inclusion in the Constitution meets with popular approval. Jefferson, writing to Madison on December 20, 1787, said: I will now add what I do not like; first, the omission of a bill of rights, providing clearly, and without the aid of sophisms, for freedom of religion, freedom of the press. . Let me add that a bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth .
It is not possible to formulate the causes of religious freedom with test-tube exactness; all we can do is indicate in broad strokes certain lines of thought and some events that probably have made their contribution. Inherent in the position of the Pilgrims who came to Plymouth was separation from the Church of England. Their consciously achieved religious independence implied in the thinking of some of their leaders a recognition that religious diversity is inevitable and that toleration of religious differences is as wise as it is necessary.