Forgive those who trespass against us.
Love your enemy.
Turn the other cheek.
Love the sinner, hate the sin.
...except when the sinner is a Quaker.
Preamble to the Massachusett's Law Against The Quakers:
"Whereas there is a cursed sect of heretics lately risen up in the world, which are
commonly called Quakers, who take upon them to be immediately sent of God and
infallibly assisted by the spirit, to speak and write blasphemous opinion."
- Beginning in 1656, laws forbade any captain to land Quakers. Any individual of that sect was to be committed at once to the House of Correction, to be severely whipped on his or her entrance, and kept constantly at work, and none were suffered to speak with them.
- The following year it was decreed that any Quaker arriving in the Colony should have one of his ears cut off.
- For another offence, he should lose the other ear
- Every Quaker woman should be severely whipped.
- For a third offence, the tongue was to be bored through with a hot iron.
- A sentence of death was ordered and executed in several cases at Boston.
- A 1661 law ordered that “any wandering Quakers be apprehended, stripped naked from the middle upward, tied to cart’s-tayle and whipped thro the town.”
- Quakers who persistently returned were to be branded with the letter R on the left shoulder.