The most prominent early example of religious involvement in issues of politics and social policy was the abolition movement. Religious groups frequently voiced their opposition to slavery in the public square despite government and citizenry rebuke over what was seen as an inappropriate attempt by religious groups to influence legislation. The Quakers were early opponents of slavery, with George Keith telling fellow Quakers in 1693 “[n]ot to buy any Negroes, unless it were on purpose to set them free.”


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