Religious Liberty and Prisons

February 2, 1844

The item tells that Charles Spear, noted for his work against Capital Punishment, has been excluded from the State Prison, “as a teacher and comforter of the poor prisoners”…It claims that Spear has been excluded “by the reverend bigot who officiates as chaplain in that gloomy place”, and that the chaplain’s action “is an outrage on religious liberty and a stretch of power, it seems to us, deserving the immediate attention of the State Executive or Legislature. If we have a union of Church and State in Massachusetts, it is time the people should know it.”