Letters to the Editor

Letter: Parallels in colonial intolerance, Judge Kavanaugh hearing

To the Editor:

There is a small statue on the Massachusetts capital grounds in Boston, back among the rhododendrons. The engraved inscription reads Mary Dyer, Quaker, hanged on Boston Common 1660.

Mary Barrett Dyer (1611-1660) was a Puritan and a Quaker convert. The Puritans of Boston Massachusetts Bay Colony hated Quakers, and especially Mary Dyer.

When she walked from Providence, Rhode Island, to Boston in the spring of 1660, it was her intention to defy the anti-Quaker laws, to bring attention to the cruelty of the theocratic Puritan governor, Puritan magistrates and their unjust laws and to raise public outcry against their “bloody” religious intolerance and persecution.

She was arrested and she rejected their conditional offer of release – permanent banishment from the Boston Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The convincing argument that Mary was evil incarnate was that she had given birth to a “monster child” who suffered from what we now call spina bifida.

Mary was tried May 31, 1660, and hanged June 1, 1660. The intolerance of the new religion of #MeToo #Survivor is not unlike the Puritans of 1660 in that belief has abrogated certain fundamental legal principles about due process and the presumption of innocence and fairness.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was figuratively hanged by the Democratic senators, the mainstream media, the Yale and Harvard law students and all the other anti-deplorables. 

Robert Gebhardt

Johnsburg

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