REL 321 - Joshua Manski Charles Barfoot REL 321 Assignment...

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Joshua Manski Charles Barfoot REL 321 Assignment 3 March 3 rd , 2008 As the American Revolution started to pick up and progress the state of religion in America would start to change too. The Anglican Church of England started seeing less members and more hostile feeling towards it for its affiliation with England. Those back in England also sensed this danger for the church’s future and many people such as Charles Inglis rallied to send a Bishop to America to help the church but this never happened, mostly due to the progression of the Revolution and the general detest of England’s bishops. As the revolution advanced the Church of England underwent some changes, “a swift abandonment of those privileges that the Church of England enjoyed wherever it had been legally established” (page 123). After the Revolution was over the fate of the Anglican church was faint. Many wanted to strip it down so it would become a small sect like the many others that existed at the time so that it could never be powerful again. One man who tried to bring the church back to power was Patrick Henry. Henry tried to pass a series of bills that some saw as a sneak attack to regain Anglican power. But eventually he lost the battle to opponents such as James Madison, who felt no religion should be backed by government, “Madison believed even more strongly in keeping civil power far removed from matters of warship and belief” (page 125). Thomas Jefferson also rallied for religious freedom with his fight to free Virginia from religious hold. Later Madison helped form the Constitution
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based on religious freedom and tolerance. After the Constitution was adopted by the United States people such as Jefferson felt that it lacked the promise of human liberty. This brought the Ten Amendments to the Constitution with First Amendment being “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (page 127). America saw its first President when George Washington was elected and there were many questions to him regarding the religious freedoms of many groups Washington promised freedom to everyone such as Catholics, Jews, Quakers, and Baptists. Thought he promised all that America would provide a sanction for their religious afflictions this was not true. Black slaves did not see the pleasures of freedom and many fought to change this but the government
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2010 for the course REL 321 taught by Professor Barfoot during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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