Not in England, they couldn't. They were persecuted and killed if they didn't follow the state religionat the time. Of course it changed with every change of power. It must have been hard to keep up with.<quoted text>
"They could choose not to have a religion."
Doh! You mean they could enjoy freedom from religion rather than be subjected to one that did not represent them? So glad you learned the distinction, Ink.
Actually I can't find anywhere that it says they were against some form of religion. They just wanted to worship in their own way.