The Puritans who developed the Massachusetts Bay Colony followed their religion strictly. Although they came to America seeking freedom to worship their religion, they didn’t always give that freedom to others. Several people were banished from the Puritan community because they expressed their own ideas about religion.
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Question: Have people in America been persecuted for religious beliefs since then?
Answer: Although we now have laws protecting religious freedom, people don’t always obey these laws. In the 1800s, hundreds of Mormons were driven from their homes or even killed because of their religion. After September 11, 2001, Muslims were targeted because of their beliefs. Jews, Jehovah Witnesses, and others have been bullied or persecuted. Think about how you feel about religious freedom. How can you be respectful of others’ views even if you don’t agree with them?
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