That meant that JewsUnitariansand other dissenters from Trinitarian Christianity were practicing their religions at risk to their lives.
However, as time went on, it was clear that Puritans did not distinct civil matters from religion doctrine. And that every such Offender or Offenders for every second offence shall forfeit tenne pound sterling or the value thereof to bee levyed as aforesaid, or in case such offender or Offenders shall not then have goods and chattells within this Province sufficient for that purpose then to bee publiquely and severely whipt and imprisoned as before is expressed.
People wanted to seek refuge, religious freedom, and economic opportunity. This conceptional collision comes across clearly in the justification for their revolution provided by Protestant Associators, those who overthrew the proprietary government.
For example, Catholics were not even permitted to be legally married by a Catholic priest. The geography of Maryland, like that of her Southern neighbor Virigina, was conducive to growing tobacco. Thus, by when the law was passed, the colonial assembly was dominated by Protestants, and the law was in effect an act of Protestant tolerance for Catholics, rather than the reverse.
New England was not the only destination sought by those fleeing religious persecution. The Maryland Toleration Act Introduction The Maryland Toleration Act did not bring complete religious freedom, as is so often assumed, and as a reading of this document will quickly prove.
In the mid century, Europe was subjugated by Christian principles.
In these colonies Anglican faith was the most predominate.