Selected Virginia Statutes Relating to Religion
April 10 and November 20, 1606:
Laws regulating basic religious observances, attendance, and tithing.
July 30 and August 4, 1619:
Laws describing relationship between church and state and regulating religious expression.
March 5, 1624; October 16, 1629; February 24, 1632:
Laws relating the extent to which religion played a central role in the government of Virginia.
Laws establishing the role of Ministers in education.
March 2, 1643:
Law establishing the Anglican Church as the official religion of the colony and prohibiting other religions.
Law passed in an attempt to expel dissenting pastors from Virginia.
November 3, 1647:
Law passed as a means of tightening the legal restrictions on the dissenters.
December 1, 1656:
Law passed establishing a financial reward for bringing a man of God into the colony to encourage new Ministers to settle in Virginia.
March 13, 1660:
Law passed to eliminate the latest threat to Virginia’s established church, the Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers.
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