From Tina Dupuy:
It’s a fabrication that an exclusively religious — peaceful and ultimately blissful era ever existed. It can’t happen ‘again’, because it never happened in the first place. The Puritans came to this land to practice THEIR religion without being persecuted and (at least in the Boston colony) quickly persecuted those who didn’t practice their religion. Quakers were hanged and tortured for blasphemy. Native Americans were killed for being heathens. And sassers, gossipers and adulterers got their ears cropped or their noses split.
Looking back to colonial days for religious precedent is like looking back at the Black Plague for health care reform.
It’s true. More people are religious today in this country (per capita) than when this country was founded. This is due primarily to the recent rise of evangelicalism. There used to be a time that no person who wore their religion on their sleeve could get elected president. Now, it’s the opposite. Now it is the reasonable people who have to fight to get their voice heard.