Sunday, September 4, 2011

Religious Freedom: Myth and Reality

The debunking of myths ever preoccupies and appeals in these days of great wonder, uncertainty and plain boredom.

Witness just one instance of late from a site that bills itself as Business Insider where it is stated that "The Pilgrims did not come to the New World for religious freedom."

The truth, it seems, is that "becoming too Dutch" was even more horrid to them.

Yes, the "Pilgrims" escaped religious intolerance -- in England -- and yes, they left  -- Amsterdam-- (in part) for fear of their children becoming too Dutch.

However, foremost, above all, and easily overlooked, apparently, is the original impetus for that small, brave band:  The quest for [uncommon] religious tolerance and freedom.

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