Sunday, October 9, 2011

When Banished, Just Found Rhode Island...!


I would say this guy had the right idea!

Maybe we should see if we can find more people with the same mindset, ya think?

Oct 9, 1635:
Rhode Island founder banished from Massachusetts

Religious dissident Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony by the General Court of Massachusetts. Williams had spoken out against the right of civil authorities to punish religious dissension and to confiscate Indian land.

After leaving Massachusetts, Williams, with the assistance of the Narragansett tribe, established a settlement at the junction of two rivers near Narragansett Bay, located in present-day Rhode Island. He declared the settlement open to all those seeking freedom of conscience and the removal of the church from civil matters, and many dissatisfied Puritans came. Taking the success of the venture as a sign from God, Williams named the community "Providence."

Among those who found a haven in the religious and political refuge of the Rhode Island Colony were Anne Hutchinson--like Williams, she had been exiled from Massachusetts for religious reasons--some of the first Jews to settle in North America, and the Quakers. In Providence, Roger Williams also founded the first Baptist church in America and edited the first dictionary of Native-American languages.

You have to admit, this was a very busy man! Just shows what one person can do when, with a few of his friends, gets off his backside and chooses to actually take action!

I'm thinking we should be following his example! If we don't like the way things are...we should change them!We can, we should, and we will!

Coffee on the patio? Maybe we can make some plans...!

12 comments:

Ben in Texas said...

Wasn't the whole reason in the beginning of the settlement of this country for a place so people could practice their chosen religion freely? Good on ole Roger.

JoJo said...

Very intereting post my friend. Learned new things today thanks to you once again.

I take it you didn't get any rain. I was watching the weather channel and it said most of TX. was going to get rain.

HermitJim said...

Hey Ben...
That's what I thought was the whole idea!

This guy at least had the gumption to say I've had enough! Looks like he wasn't the only one that felt that way!

You have a great day and thanks for coming by today!


Hey JoJo...
It's raining even as we speak! Been raining off and on for the last 24 hours...and that's a good thing!

Funny thought to have it raining and still be in the 80s!

Still, I'll certainly take it!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Now if only we had a nice, empty Rhode Island laying around...

HermitJim said...

Hey Craig...
Yeah, I guess it is just a tad more crowded that it was back in his time!

Still, you have to love the concept!

Thanks, buddy, for coming over today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

The problem now is that when the government gets too oppressive, there is no land left for another Providence.

Ted said...
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Ted said...

I've alway been told that the Baptist Church was a cult an you just confirmed it.Roger Williams you say.I wonder if he was any kin to Brigham Young?

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Ted, you are a very narrow minded little man if this one thing is all the "confirmation" you need. And no, I am not a Baptist. Nor do I belong to any organized religion. I just find it sad that people like you are so brainwashed, and so quick to condemn...

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Sorry Jim, but I just couldn't let that go...

Ted said...

Crag I was born a Baptist an raised as a Baptist but when I reached adulthood I came to see what a cult looked like.Crag after these 77 years on this earth I've used my God given talents to reason an think for myself.But I honestly meant that as just a simple joke.But it has a lot of truths in it.All I can say Creg is relax an enjoy life,it's really a beautiful world.

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Maybe I'd relax a bit if you bothered to spell my name correctly Tud.