Freedom of Worship

At the time of the Newbury Martyrs the state in the person of Queen Mary enacted laws that restricted the freedom of individuals to practise faith in the way that suited them.  Individuals were only legally allowed to practise the Roman Catholic faith.  They were not allowed to read the bible in English.  They had to attend holy communion and take the sacraments from a priest.

Today we have much more freedom to worship as we wish in the UK.  However this freedom is not laid down in a constitution or as articles.

Freedom to Worship in the USA

The First Amendment Consititution of the United States of America says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".

Freedom to Worship in the UK?

There were laws of blasphemy making it ileagal to say and do things that attacked the Christian church.

England and Wales abolished its laws against blasphemy in 2008.

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