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  •  Absolutely. (5+ / 0-)
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    NMRed, mmacdDE, ladyjames, mightymouse, eps62

    The Massachusetts Bay Colony had an established church until about the time Maine became a state under the Missouri Compromise in 1820 and it was decided that the US constitution's prohibition against state churches applied also to the states (which I believe was in 1830).

    Contrary to popular belief, church attendance in MA was pretty low under the established Congregational Church (Puritans). Maine was declared the least religious state in the nation in a 2010 poll. Unlike in many other New England states, the Episcopal Church is particularly strong here.

    I have a right to go to church, and the church of my choice, and you have a right not to go. That is part of what makes us what we are as Americans. Establishment of religion kills religion and kills religious freedom, and makes hypocrites out of everyone. It's a bad idea.

    Here's the question I would love to ask Rick Santorum: "Was President Washington a sinner because he was sterile but still had sex with the First Lady?" I would love to hear someone ask him that and put him in the position to "call out" our first President.

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Sun Feb 26, 2012 at 09:53:04 AM PST

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