Roger Williams
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"Roger Williams" was an English Protestant theologian who was an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In 1636, he began the colony of Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations/Providence Plantation, which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the First Baptist Church in America/first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence. He was a student of Native American languages and an advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans in the United States/Native Americans. Williams was arguably the first Abolitionism in the United States/abolitionist in North America, having organized the first attempt to prohibit slavery in any of the original thirteen colonies.

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All civil states, with their officers of justice, in their respective constitutions and administrations, are proved essentially civil, and therefore not judges, governors, or defenders of the spiritual, or Christian, state and worship.

By concord little things grow great, by discord the greatest come to nothing.

God requireth not a uniformity of religion.

No man ever did, nor ever shall, truly go forth to convert the nations, nor to prophesy in the present state of witnesses against Antichrist, but by the gracious inspiration and instigation of the Holy Spirit of God.

The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.

Men's consciences ought in no sort to be violated, urged, or constrained.

Enforced uniformity confounds civil and religious liberty and denies the principles of Christianity and civility. No man shall be required to worship or maintain a worship against his will.

God requireth not a uniformity of religion to be enacted in any civil state; which enforced uniformity (sooner or later) is the greatest occasion of civil war, ravishing of conscience, persecution of Christ Jesus in his servants, and of the hypocrisy and destruction of millions of souls.

That cannot be a true religion which needs carnal weapons to uphold it.