While doing research on Anne Hutchinson, I found that the common theme throughout her entire life was non-conformity and standing up for what you believe in. Anne Hutchinson became a controversial figure when she began questioning the Puritan's belief that "conformity with religous laws was not a sign of godliness and insisted that true godliness came from the inner experience with the Holy Spirit." (Crawford 18) She began preaching this to small groups of people and would eventually put on trial for heresy. She was found guilty and exiled from the community and the state. After moving a couple times she would get caught in the crossfire between two angry indian tribes, one of whom would slaughter her and her entire family.
Personally, I believe freedom of religion is extremely important to any society. This does include the right to choose not to believe in God. I think it's important in that many people have religion as a source of hope. This is one of the great strengths in this concept of religion. Without hope, there isn't much to live for. People either hope for things to become better in this life, or the hope that things will be better after you die. The problems that this causes are the things we see in the everyday world. Wars and persecution are typically somewhere stemmed from Religous differences. I'm not saying that without religion there would be no war, I'm sure the human race would find something else to fight about, what I am saying is that people will fight for what they believe in, just like Anne Hutchinson and right or wrong religion has always been something people fight for.