George Fox was one of those people who thought that the church had it all wrong. He didn't believe in the traditional structure of having priests or church buildings because he felt that it took away from a person's individual Inner Light of Christ, which was available to all people, regardless of gender or social status. He got beat up a lot for speaking out against the institution and was arrested more than once. Fed up with these people who wouldn't listen to him, he went on to found the Quakers. He believed that the light interacted with him through revelations.
I thought that one of Fox's strangest revelations involved some very confused shepherds in the middle of winter. About a mile outside of Lichfield (in his revelation), he met some shepherds and gave them his shoes and instructed them not to give them to anybody unless the person paid for them. Apparently, the shepherds were "astonished" and "trembled." If I was in this situation, I'd probably tremble because I was up against a crazy person on drugs who might be unpredictable. I'd probably leave the shoes behind and get a tighter grip on the window smasher that I carry in my purse for self-defense. BUT BACK TO THE STORY. Fox walked the rest of the way to Lichfield without shoes, and when he got there, the town became a big pool of blood. But all people could think about was the fact that Fox wasn't wearing any shoes. He ended up going back to the shepherds and buying his shoes back from them, which I thought was weird and I didn't really see the point.
I'm not really sure how Fox would feel about religious freedom in America today. Part of him might be glad that he can't get locked up for preaching against religious institutions because of his own personal beliefs. But for some reason, I don't think prison really deterred him that much, since it happened more than once, and if he truly believed he was being directed by God through his revelations, prison would seem like a minor thing to suffer. I think that Fox would be more likely to be sad for all the people in America who cling to their churches and preachers and don't understand the Inner Light of the living Christ inside of them. I think he would also be sad for people who claim not to believe in God because even though they've got the disliking-the-church part down, they, too, are not allowing the light to direct them. But I have no idea how Fox would want to fix this. He'd probably just keep giving away shoes.