Sunday, October 21, 2007

Church-State / Mary Dyer

Church-State/Quaker History/Dyer, Mary/JAMES EVANS: Separation priceless protection/Montgomery Advertiser/Montgomery/AL/USA/21-Oct-07/Mary was a Quaker. In 17th century Massachusetts only one religion was allowed -- the official version of Christianity as established by the state. ...

Book Review/Quaker History/Dyer, Mary/Reason, faith, and American politics/Boston Globe/Boston/MA/USA/2-Oct-07/When Mary Dyer, who'd been exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for her Quaker beliefs, and the public nuisance she made defending them, ...

Obituary////Mary Dyer Baizley, 90, WWII Navy veteran, volunteer and athlete/Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia/PA/USA/11-Oct-07/… Mary Dyer Baizley, 90, may not have been a rebellious Quaker like her famous relative, but she had the conviction and feistiness of the 17th-century martyr Mary Dyer, whose statue represents defiant contemplation at the entrance to Friends Center at 15th and Cherry Streets. Mrs. Baizley died of pneumonia Oct. 5 at Roxborough Memorial Hospital.

She had lived at Cathedral Village in Upper Roxborough for 11 years, but was a longtime resident of Chestnut Hill - and she was not a Quaker.

Mrs. Baizley was a direct descendant of Dyer, who was hanged in Boston by Puritans in 1660 for practicing her religion. The seated bronze figure in Philadelphia is a copy of the original in Boston Common.

Mrs. Baizley was born Mary Dyer in 1917 in Hoopeston, Ill. Never a "girly girl," she rode a pony and was a tomboy, her daughter Doris Baizley said.….


From: QiN Book Review

Wills’ review caption on the NPR show ‘Fresh Air’ broadcast of his interview states – “separation was meant as "the great protector of religion, not its enemy." Click on the above link to listen to Garry Wills interview, and to read a chapter from his book, which describes how the Quaker, Mary Dyer was hanged.


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