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Puritan Essay

            The Puritan religion was made up of people who wanted to purify the Church of England. These activists wanted to get rid the Catholic parts that was still in the church, but the majority of England, saw the Puritans as a threat to them, so they forced the Puritans to retreat. The Puritans then came to Massachusetts Bay Colony, in anticipation that building a utopian society could light a way for the rest of the world to look towards to. In the new colony, the Puritans wanted to stop the terrible ways of life and evil elsewhere. They became more discipline, which included the belief that every person was the equivalent in God's eyes. Each person was able to do what he or she wanted to, able to work and serve god, seek religious understanding, under their own Puritan beliefs, and able to help and benefit from the community. These beliefs helped pave America throughout its history, which are still around today.
             The Puritans held very strong religious beliefs, just like many other groups people around the world. The Puritans viewed religious and civil affairs at the same level. They did not separate the two. Even though the Establishment Clause of the first amendment stated that church and state were separate, the Puritans held them close together. The Puritans' strict beliefs influenced politics during this time period. This created a conflict, the case of Anne Hutchison and Roger Williams. This case was about the abortion issue and split the people for who was for it and who was against it. Both Hutchison and Williams conflicted with the views of the Puritans. Even today, there is still a conflict whether or not abortion should be legal. The people these days are either "pro-life" or "pro-choice." Protestants, the majority of Americans, also believed that life was sacred. This led to the limiting of abortion, just as the Puritans wanted. This shows how strong the beliefs of the Puritans really were.

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