Thursday, October 14, 2010

America's True History of Religious Tolerance | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine

America's True History of Religious Tolerance | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine: "From the earliest arrival of Europeans on America’s shores, religion has often been a cudgel, used to discriminate, suppress and even kill the foreign, the “heretic” and the “unbeliever”—including the “heathen” natives already here. Moreover, while it is true that the vast majority of early-generation Americans were Christian, the pitched battles between various Protestant sects and, more explosively, between Protestants and Catholics, present an unavoidable contradiction to the widely held notion that America is a “Christian nation.”"

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