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  •  Well, this isn't exactly new (0+ / 0-)

    This country was originally settled (I mean, not counting those Native Americans, y'know) by Christian fundamentalists, who were as intolerant of non-believers as possible.  And the fundamentalist movements have been around throughout our history, arguably much stronger in times past (see William Jennings Bryan, Prohibition, etc.).  I think we're aghast to confront it so prominently today mostly because many of us grew up under the delusion that our society had somehow become more "enlightened" over the past few generations.  But there are obviously strong bonds to those traditions of blind intolerance and judgmentalism which seem to scoop up new converts all the time.

    Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set... -- Gandalf

    by dnta on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 07:12:55 AM PST

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    •  Oh, I beg to differ! (3+ / 0-)
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      This country was originally settled (I mean, not counting those Native Americans, y'know) by Christian fundamentalists, who were as intolerant of non-believers as possible.

      Boy, that's a Yankee point of view if I ever heard one. You're thinking of New England.

      I'm descended from a man who left England and his inheritance, and came to Virginia to escape Cromwell and the intolerant fundamentalists. In fact, Virginia was largely settled by the "Cavaliers" -- gentry who were Royalists and traditional Anglicans and who couldn't abide England as a fundamentalist puritan theocracy. My ancestor came with his friend Robert Lee; Robert's brother Richard was already in the colony and had written him that things were much better there.

      Maryland was Catholics. Rhode Island was Baptist (which wasn't a know-nothing fundamentalist church), Pennsylvania had a lot of Quakers, South Carolina had a lot of French Hugenots, and Georgia was the Wesleys, from which the Methodist movement developed.

      Fundamentalism as we know it didn't even develop until the second Great Awakening in the early 19th century.

      America will never again be the land of the free... Until she again becomes the home of the brave.

      by Ducktape on Sat Dec 23, 2006 at 11:12:50 AM PST

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