Banishment from Massachusetts Ordered for Roger Williams for Heresy and Sedition

Banishment from Massachusetts Ordered for Roger Williams for Heresy and Sedition

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Roger Williams is ordered banished from Massachusetts after having been tried and convicted of both heresy and sedition. According to the Court, Williams has been spreading "diverse, new, and dangerous opinions." However, because he is sick and winter is approaching, the order of banishment is temporarily suspended.

Williams has been arguing, among other things, against civil punishments for religious crimes. As a result of his expulsion from the colony, he will found the town of Providence and the new colony of Rhode Island, both specifically as a place of refuge for those seeking religious freedom.

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