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Virginia law restricts where non-Anglicans can preach.
As the Baptist faith gains popularity, Virginia authorities begin to crack down.
The English Act of Toleration extends freedom of worship to dissenting religious groups, though with limitations and restrictions.
While they come to the Nhuew World seeking freedom to worship as they choose, the Puritans do not tolerate dissent.
He receives an immense tract of land west of the Delaware River from King Charles II (in repayment for a debt owed Penn's father) and establishes the "holy experiment" of Pennsylvania.
The colony's founding documents include provisions for religious toleration, freedom of the press and statements of equality that include women, but not slaves.
In 1624, King James officially charters Virginia as a royal colony.
Its inhabitants are required by law to be members of the Anglican Church and to pay taxes to support the church.
The document formally severing ties with the British government enshrines the American idea that "liberty" and "freedom" are rights given by God.