Dr. John Clarke receives little recognition for his well earned world changing contributions. Though our Historical Drama, we aim to set the facts straight and honor him to provide his rightful place in history.

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Of paramount importance to Dr. John Clarke was the Charter of 1663‘s explicit guarantee of religious freedom. It excused Rhode Islanders from conformity with the Anglican Church “because some of the people…cannot, in their private Opinions, conform to the publique exercise of religion…”

It also took some of the language from the Declaration of Breda:”
“that no person within the said colony, at any time hereafter shall be any wise molested [harassed], punished, disquieted, or called in question, for any differences in opinion in matters of religion, and do not actually disturb the civil peace of our said colony; but that all and every person and persons may, from time to time, and at all times hereafter, freely and fully have and enjoy his and their own judgments and consciences, in matters of religious concernments, throughout the tract of land hereafter mentioned, they behaving themselves peaceable and quietly…”