How did religion impact the colonial and British governments?
Religious intolerance in Europe is what prompted numerous settlers to come to America. The Anglican Church was not inclined to tolerate attempts at reform from groups such as Puritans, Quakers and other radical sects. As a result, several of the Thirteen Colonies were built on the principle of religious freedom. However, even in America there were some groups that weren't tolerated well in many colonies including Protestant radicals, Catholics and in some cases Jews. The colony of Virginia even required an oath to the Anglican Church under the reign of Queen Anne, and membership in the Anglican Church was mandated.