New England was not the only destination sought by those fleeing religious persecution.
Separation of church and state was unknown. In fact, the king was head of both the Church of England and the nation. Any subject of the King who did not follow Church of England beliefs and practices could be punished and deprived of the full exercise of his or her citizenship rights.
Many dissenters from the Church of England sought freedom to worship by emigrating to America. George Calvert was an Englishman who looked to America as a place of religious freedom.
For years his family had to practice its Roman Catholic faith in secret while openly participating in the Church of England. Calvert sought a land grant in America and King Charles the First gave him a big chunk of territory.
From its founding in Maryland allowed a greater than usual amount of freedom for both Catholics and Protestants.
The Toleration Act, passed on April 24,granted religious freedom to all who believed in the Trinity and that Jesus was the son of God. Those who profaned Sunday by swearing excessively, becoming drunk or working unnecessarily could be fined.
Anyone who spoke against the Virgin Mary could be fined and whipped. The Maryland Act of Toleration is an important stepping stone to the religious freedom which became such an important characteristic of the United States.
Adapted from an earlier Christian History Institute story. Originally published April 28, William Hand Browne, ed., Archives of Maryland (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, ).
The passage above was most likely written in response to the ethnic and religious diversity of . ID: Act of Toleration is also called Act Concerning Religion. Because there was so much tension between the Catholics and the Protestants in the region of Maryland, Calvert, the governor, sent a draft of the an Act Concerning Religion from England to assure religious freedom for all Christians (must believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ), but.
The Maryland Act of Toleration is an important stepping stone to the religious freedom which became such an important characteristic of the United States.
Resources: Adapted from an earlier Christian History Institute story. Wiersema, Garry. "An Act Concerning Religion." The .
The Maryland Toleration Act is often cited as the beginning of religious freedom in America. This understanding of the act is true, but only in the most limited ways.
Officially titled An Act Concerning Religion, this law was designed to protect Trinitarian Christians in the Maryland colony. The Maryland Toleration Act, also known as the Act Concerning Religion, was a law mandating religious tolerance for Trinitarian Christians. It was passed on April 21, , by the assembly of the Maryland colony, in St.
Mary's City. The Toleration Act, it was believed, was a way of providing protection for Catholics while at the same time representing a nod in the direction of the English government, which in and for a dozen years thereafter was firmly under the control of the English Puritans.