PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 The Portsmouth Free Public Library will hold a "Roger Williams: Founding Father of Religious Freedom" talk on Tuesday. Registration is required.\n\nFrom the library:\nRescheduled from a previous date!! Don't miss out ...\n\nThis talk will examine the life and ideas of Roger Williams, described by Cotton Mather, a preacher in the late 17th century, as: \u201cthe first rebel against the divine church [of England] established in the wilderness.\u201d The Second Amendment of our Constitution enshrines this rebel\u2019s idea of religious freedom: \u201cCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.\u201d Roger Williams was the first defender of this idea in the New World, what he called \u201csoul liberty.\u201d He used the metaphor, \u201ca wall of separation\u201d between church and state, a phrase which Thomas Jefferson eventually used in correspondence over a century later after Williams died. This idea has become embedded in American thinking. He also wrote the first book on Native American culture and language and championed the idea that in God\u2019s eyes the Native Americans were equal to the Europeans.\n\nFred Zilian, Ph.D., (zilianblog.com) teaches history and politics at Salve Regina University. He is also an opinion contributor to The Hill, a contributing editor to The History News Network, and a columnist for the Newport Daily News.\n\nPlease register at portsmouthlibrary.org or call 683-9457.