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  •  A Bit of Maryland History (23+ / 0-)
    The Maryland Toleration Act, also known as the Act Concerning Religion, was a law mandating religious tolerance for trinitarian Christians. Passed on April 21, 1649 by the assembly of the Maryland colony, it was the second law requiring religious tolerance in the British North American colonies and created the first legal limitations on hate speech in the world.
    The Act allowed freedom of worship for all trinitarian Christians in Maryland, but sentenced to death anyone who denied the divinity of Jesus. It was revoked in 1654 by William Claiborne, a Virginian who had been appointed as a commissioner by Oliver Cromwell and was a staunch advocate for the Anglican Church.
    [In 1664,] Maryland passed the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves - a law that, among other things, order[ed] the enslavement of white women who [had] married black men.
    … [T]the use of religious justifications by opponents of interracial marriage continued. Maryland banned interracial marriages until 1967…. [I]n 1967, in Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court overturned bans on interracial marriage.
    So we started out with religious freedom only for those that conformed, and we got to eliminating the prohibition of interracial marriage after only 304 years.

    "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

    by midnight lurker on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:03:58 PM PST

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