Lord Baltimore: George & Cecil Calvert – “Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 5/5)

The foundation of religious freedom in America was laid over 150 years before the Bill of Rights.  The Lords Baltimore were major architects of that foundation. George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore George Calvert (1580-1632) was the first Lord and Baron Baltimore. He was a very successful member of the British cabinet and parliament.  But then, … Continue reading Lord Baltimore: George & Cecil Calvert – “Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 5/5)

William Penn -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 4/5)

William Penn, along with Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, and George and Cecil Calvert are the great architects of religious freedom in America. Because of Quaker Oats, Pennzoil, and the State of Pennsylvania, William Penn is the most famous of these early advocates of religious liberty. "Quakers" William Penn (1644-1718) became a "Quaker" while enrolled in … Continue reading William Penn -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 4/5)

Anne Hutchinson -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 3/5)

Over 150 fifty years before the Bill of Rights, heroic men and women laid the foundation of religious freedom in America. These include Lord Baltimore Cecil Calvert, Roger Williams, William Penn, and Anne Hutchinson. Anne was one of the first American woman heroes. She was intelligent, independent, and strong. Unfortunately, these qualities in a woman … Continue reading Anne Hutchinson -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 3/5)

Religion in Colonial America: “Early Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 1/5)

Unbelievably, after 400 years, freedom of religion is still controversial in America. In the beginning, religious issues permeated colonial America. Members of various sects immigrated to the New World seeking a safe haven for worship.  Some of these religions flourished, some stagnated, some evolved, some fragmented, and some failed. Colonial Denominations Calvinists dominated early Massachusetts.  … Continue reading Religion in Colonial America: “Early Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 1/5)

Don’t Take Grandma’s Ashes to School

When I started teaching my Advanced Constitutional Law Class on Law and Religion, I had no idea about the volume of issues and cases involved. There was enough material to quickly fill my 750-page textbook, “Religion and Law: Cases and Materials.”  Moreover, there was enough new information that, after ten years, I was on my … Continue reading Don’t Take Grandma’s Ashes to School