The persecuting church of Penn was free to worship in Pennsylvania
Founded in 1695 as a parish of the Church of England, its members were used to privileged status and power. In England the established Anglcian church had persecuted Penn and his fellow Quakers as well as other dissenting faiths. But in Pennsylvania, by Penn’s principles of freedom of religion, Anglicans were put on an equal footing with other faith traditions. Today this parish of the church of Penn’s youth honors his vision of liberty by displaying the font of his baptism, a gift from All Hallows Church in London.
Philadelphia, the capital of William Penn’s “holy experiment” in freedom, was to be guided by brotherly love. It hasn’t always lived up to its founder’s vision, but its universal ideals of liberty and love helped it become blueprint for the United States and a World Heritage City.
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