John Leland (May 14, 1754 – January 14, 1841), American Baptist minister who preached in Massachusetts and Virginia, as well an outspoken abolitionist. He was an important figure in the struggle for religious liberty in the United States. Leland also later opposed the rise of missionary societies among Baptists.
"The liberty I contend for is more than toleration.
The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes
that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant
indulgence; whereas all should be equally free, Jews,
Turks [Muslims], Pagans and Christians. Test oaths and
established creeds should be avoided as the worst of evils.
~ John Leland, 1820