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Not for a thousand years had a government been created in which all had a voice and
a vote. Not just church members, but unbelievers! Not just nobles and "free men",
but servants! Not just men, but female heads of household! Even women were offered a voice
in their government and their church during Sunday afternoon Town Meetings hosted by their church! What inspired those free-spirited pioneers in 1620?
Can whatever inspired them, still inspire us?
Our 2018 Mayflower Parade Float: Story and Pictures
They rediscovered Freedom of Speech & Religion, & a Vote for All, in the Bible. In a world where disagreeing with either government or church ensured a terrible death, the
Separatists (we call them "Pilgrims") recreated Free Speech and Religion from the Bible. The Separatists didn’t just wink at Freedom. They made
an institution of it: obeying
1 Corinthians 14, the Bible's most detailed format of a church meeting, they recreated a forum where people
could learn to reason with each other even when they disagreed, as the community
made its decisions. Their example made American politics as free as it is today, although freedom to disagree has
worn out its welcome in America's churches.
When Democracy was Born First: Even if our heritage was inspired by the Bible, is there any reason we have to say so?
Biblical Freedom never excluded women! Women’s rights in 1620.