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Trump will probably give us a few more years of religious freedom.

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Submitted by Michael S, Dec 18, 2016 at 23:17

Hi, Tovey. I agree with all you said.

1. The Pilgrims came here, so they could practice what THEY considered the right way to worship God. (Many passengers on the Mayflower and following vessels were not so persuaded religiously; but they allowed the Pilgrims to have the rule in these matters).

2. The Puritans came here, to establish a "City on a Hill" as an example, to inspire the reform of the Church of England. Like the Pilgrims, they couldn't conceive of there being another way of worshipping God, other than their own, which could possibly be correct.

3. The Quakers were convinced that THEY had the correct doctrine, and willingly submitted to martyrdom at the hands of the Puritans to "prove" their correctness.

4. The Dutch knew, of course, that the Dutch Reformed Church had the correct way. Other views were tolerated, but only theirs was correct. The Scotch-Irish Presbyterian faith was close enough to that of the Dutch, that they got along with one another.

5. Only the Baptist, Roger Williams, flung open the doors of Rhode Island to all comers; and he soon regretted it. This was an early incarnation of Angela Merkel, but almost entirely a Christian one.

Notice that all the above religions were based on the Bible, which the Universalists and Muslims were not. Until the Atheist surge of the 20th Century, and the Muslim & Pagan surge of the 21st, this was the case; so America was essentially a potpourri of Christian and Jewish beliefs (including the Mormons, who also accept the Bible) until Baby Boomer times. Now, all hell has broken loose; and things are as you described them in your post.

In the rest of the industrial and Islamic worlds, state religions kept people's minds frozen concerning these things. Third World countries have mostly accepted Christians; but they have other problems.

As for Donald Trump, he certainly seems an improvement over the Democrats; and we may have a few more years of religious freedom because of him. Then will come the beast, who will turn against God's people.

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