Will England return to its onetime practice of criminalizing unpopular religious ideas?


With its recently issued summons to President Thomas S. Monson, will the courts of England restore their  glorious tradition of government-enforced religious correctness?


A recreation, not an actual photograph, of the execution of Edward Wightman for the crime of holding religious views with which an English court disagreed


Edward Wightman of Burton-on-Trent was executed by burning at the stake for heresy in England in 1612.


“The Embarkation of the Pilgrims,” by Robert Walter Weir (Brooklyn Museum, New York City)
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The Pilgrims landed in the New World aboard the Mayflower in 1620, seeking religious freedom after state persecution in England.  Does England intend to reenter the business of criminalizing unfashionable religious ideas and, thus, creating religious refugees?



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