Anne Hutchinson believed in antinomianism which is the belief that the individual could communicate directly with God without the need of involvement of church officials. This was a crazy concept during her time because the leaders controlled the way people thought and used the church as a means for control. Anne refused to be controlled by other prominent figures of the Puritan community at the time; such as, John Winthrop. As a result, she was later tried for vocalizing her beliefs. http://womenshistory.about.com/od/earlyamerica/a/anne_hutchinson.htm
Freedom of religion is an important part of my identity. Raised in a nondenominational Christian church, growing up I was not allowed to participate in Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter. My parents raised me Christian but also held some of their own personal beliefs surrounding holidays and their origins. As a result, much of my childhood, and every school year I had to explain to friends and teachers why I didn't participate in certain festivities. Now that I'm older, I appreciate being able to form my own conclusions on what I hold to be my religion. Many of my friends have different religious beliefs than mine including: Rastafarianism, Islam, Christianity, and Atheism. I enjoy that each of us is allowed to practice our religions in our own way and can vocalize our beliefs. Often times, I have conversations with them surrounding the differences and similarities and I think its good to sometimes distance yourself from a biased viewpoint favorable to what you believe and learn from someone with views different than your own.