Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fact of the Day: Abner Kneeland

Abner Kneeland was the last man in America to be convicted for blasphemy. He was raised a Baptist, but later converted to Universalism. His views later drifted away from the Universalist Church and his religious ideas later got him in trouble with the state government of Massachusetts back in the early 19th century.  

18 comments:

Kay said...

I'm glad America finally allowed more free and rational thinking.

Kati said...

Unbelievable, good that times have changed.

Have the best day ever,
-Kati

DWei said...

What an unfortunate way to go.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Thank goodness this doesn't happen anymore.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What was the punishment for blasphemy?

Christine said...

What a name!

Adam said...

he spent two months in a cell

Adam said...

it rarely happened in his day, but the anti-Federalists in the 18 and 19th centuries in many states made it possible to make small laws to side-step the freedom of religion and separation of church and state.

Thank a supreme court for granting us more rights than congress or a state house.

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Pilar Domínguez said...

I have never heard about Universalist church. Kisses:)

Unknown said...

Universalit church? Mmmm, I would be happy to read more about or
if you don't mind iluminate us in a new post :D ^_^

Kisses,

Nicole

www.nicoleta.me

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, everyone would be locked up now a days

Erzsebeth said...

Very interesting post :) have a nice week

Erz

DeniseinVA said...

Very interesting post. I would like to learn more of this man.

Joy said...

No freedom or with freedom of speech can cause one to sin.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I can't imagine not being able to express my opinion for free of getting jail time. So glad the times have changed!

Caro * said...

Nice information :)

Teddi said...

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!