Roger Williams was one of the most famous champions of religious freedom in the history of America. He was the first person in the modern Christian church to establish a government that would allow people the freedom to worship God as they pleased. He was an honest seeker of truth. As the early Pilgrims had done, he came to enjoy religious freedom. He believed that this was the personal right of everyone, whatever their religion. “We can try to control crime,” he said. “But we should never try to control the conscience.