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Roger Williams - independent cleric
[1631 - Roger Williams arrives in Boston]

PM Sir Robert Peel    Sir Robert Peel's statue
[1788 - Sir Robert Peel, UK PM, statesman, born in Bury, Lancashire, England]

Senator Adlai Stevenson    Adlai Stevenson at the UN during Cuban Missile Crisis    Governor Adlai Stevenson
[1900 - Adlai Ewing Stevenson, II, Senator, presidential candidate, Illinois Governor, UN Representative 1961-65, born in Los Angeles]

Actor John Carradine    Actor John Carradine in Stagecoach       Actor John Carradine
[1906 - John (Richmond Reed) Carradine, actor, born in New York City]

William S. Burroughs, beat writer    Writer William S. Burroughs    William Burroughs' Naked Lunch    Writer William S. Burroughs    William Burroughs with gun
[1914 - William S. Burroughs, unconventional person, writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri]

Comedian Red Buttons    Comedian & Actor Red Buttons
[1919 - Red Buttons (Aaron Chwatt), comedian, actor, born in Manhattan]

Character Actor Tim Holt    Actor Tim Holt in Treasure of the Sierra Madre
[1919 - Tim Holt (Charles John Holt III), character actor, born in Beverly Hills, California]

Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times
[1937 - Charlie Chaplin releases Modern Times, his first talkie]

The Sanctity of Practically Everything

Whenever folks begin to clamor about the sanctity of anything, we know we are in deep trouble. Who decides what is sacred? What is sacred to George may be to John profane, and to William a matter of personal choice.

"God requireth not an uniformity of Religion to be inacted and inforced in any civill state...true civility and Christianity may both flourish in a state or Kingdome, notwithstanding the permission of divers and contrary consciences, either of Jew or Gentile."

Roger Williams,
The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution, for Cause of Conscience, 1644.

Roger Williams - his Bloody Tenent

William's Whimsical Words:

In most cases, an invocation of sanctity is just a disguised repression of the minority view.

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