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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 nobility and free men,
but servants! Not just men, but female heads of household! All were offered a voice
in their government and their church during Sunday afternoon Town Meetings. Even
women spoke in many situations. What inspired these free-spirited pioneers in 1620?
Can whatever inspired them, still inspire us?
Freedom of Speech in 1620 In a world where freedom of Speech to criticize either church or state was unthinkable and the ticket to a terrible death, the Separatists created both, following the lead of their pastor, John Robinson, who found his precedent in Scripture. The Separatists didn’t just wink at Freedom of Speech. They made an institution of it: a Town Meeting every Sunday afternoon called a “prophesying service” (named after the application of that word in 1 Corinthians 14 and especially verse 3), where people of all faiths could speak on any matter, appealing to the highest principles they knew, where the Bible was not censored, before the community made its decisions.
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.