Friday, March 23, 2018

Mary Dyer featured in guest post on Americans United blog

© 2018 Christy K Robinson

Americans United, a religious liberty advocacy group, celebrates Women’s History Month, and I am honored that they posted my article on MARY BARRETT DYER (1611-1660) at their “Wall of Separation” blog <>.  Feel free to share or use the Facebook/Twitter/Google+ buttons at the bottom of this post.
Though Mary Dyer was a deeply religious woman, she understood the life-and-death importance of liberty of conscience and the separation of church and state as a human right and protection of all believers and nonbelievers, from government imposing a narrow belief system or particular morals upon every person or group.  

Christy K Robinson is author of the books:

·          We Shall Be Changed (2010)
·          Mary Dyer Illuminated (2013)
·          Mary Dyer: For Such a Time as This (2014)
·          The Dyers of London, Boston, & Newport (2014)
·          Effigy Hunter (2015)
·          Anne Marbury Hutchinson: American Founding Mother (2018)

1 comment:


    Opal C: It was so sad that it started out like that. She was probably sent to the gallows all because she didn't pray or believe a certain way. Think about what Bloody Mary did to those who opposed her beliefs. My Quaker ancestors were beheaded because of her. Yet, she too is on my tree.

    Christy K Robinson:
    Thank you for commenting, Opal. May I please correct a few of your statements? (I've researched Mary Dyer and written three books on her, over the last 15 years.)

    1. Mary was sentenced to death if she defied her banishment order from Massachusetts. Which she did repeatedly. It was her intent to become a martyr to the cause of religious tolerance and freedom. She was a famous woman already, and had respect as the wife of a government official. She went to Boston intending to force them to hang her. This is called "civil disobedience." She was no victim. They didn't want to execute her, and urged her to go home to Rhode Island, but she would not back down and they had to enforce their law.

    2. Quakers were never beheaded. They were beaten and branded, fined heavily and had their property confiscated. Only four Quakers were executed by hanging. Mary's death, plus the writing of her husband and Dr. Clarke, and an English Quaker named Burrough, convinced King Charles II to stop religious executions in New England.

    3. There were several high-status Englishmen who had been in Massachusetts and then returned to England, who were beheaded by King Charles II, but they were actually Puritans.


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