By a free country, I mean a country where people are allowed, so long as they do not hurt their neighbors, to do as they like. I do not mean a country where six men may make five men do exactly as they like.
– Robert Cecil
This quote seems prescient of the discord and disarray plaguing the US today. Somehow, too many of US have gotten the idea that, if they can draw a big enough crowd, then they get to bully society into their own image. That’s not democracy. For example, the Constitution says we don’t have a state religion, but we’ve come close pretty often. And we’re headed back that way.
Which begs the question: Where do the pilgrims go next, seeking sanctuary from religious persecution, when we can’t find it here anymore?
I am by the grace of God a Christian man, by by acts a great sinner. [Link] But the arrogant and self-righteous right wing of America is practicing a variation of my religion with which I am not familiar.