Who says you had to conform growing up? Here are some people who made America the land of the free, not that I agree with all of them. Still, it really does come down to language and how we use it. Especially when religion and politics are mixed in.
- Samuel Gorton. Just plain onery in early New England.
- Roger Williams. Leading to a progressive movement then known as Baptists.
- Anne Hutchinson. Pointing the way to New England Quakers.
- John Woolman. A Quaker who worked ardently against slavery and other economic perils.
- Henry David Thoreau. It’s a Unitarian thing, ultimately.
- William Miller. The foremost of the voices that would become the Seventh-day Adventist church. Ellen G. White emerged as an essential proponent in its development as it organized in Battle Creek, Michigan, and then Takoma Park, Maryland.
- Joseph Smith. You know, the Mormons. Along with Brigham Young and Utah.
- Dorothy Day. Catholic Workers, a truly radical movement.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Civil rights and much more.
- Bayard Rustin. Gay Black Quaker ahead of his time on many fronts.
Who am I overlooking?