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This Day in Boston History
May 27th, 1668
Baptists Exiled from Massachusetts
this day Baptists Thomas Gold, William Turner, and John Farnum were exiled
from Puritan Massachusetts because of their religion. It was the Puritan
goal to create a theocracy in Massachusetts, which would demonstrate that
this belief was favored by God. A homogeneous community of belief was
a prerequisite for this holy experiment.
Massachusetts was the last state in America to have a state-sponsored
religion. In its name, Quakers were exiled and killed, witch trials were
sponsored, and Catholic clergy were banned from the colony under penalty
of death. Today Massachusetts has one of the strongest sets of laws preventing
the state from aiding religion.