Emproph- my head is spinning! (no, not as in Linda Blair in the exorcist)
You have a fine sense of pychology- that's for sure. I can't keep up!
Yes. I was insinuating (nice juicy word that!) that there are fundamentalists/conservatives that have as much a 'ghetto' mentality as gays or blacks do. We all have the ruts we like and the ruts we don't like. And we can't see that the rut we are in is as much a rut as the other guy's rut.
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It is strange, considering that Puritans came here to excape persecution, that conservative/fundamentalists (being of the same cloth as those Puritans) now feel they cannot freely exercise their religious freedom. However, if my memory of American history serves me, the Europeans were awfully glad those Puritan's left. They couldn't stay out of other people's business.
The Puritans believed that the Bible was God's true law, and that it provided a plan for living. The established church of the day described access to God as monastic and possible only within the confines of "church authority". Puritans stripped away the traditional trappings and formalities of Christianity which had been slowly building throughout the previous 1500 years. Theirs was an attempt to "purify" the church and their own lives.
I see this as a simple case of not being able to keep track of one's projections.
And what do modern conservative/fundies want to do now? The same thing. 'Save' America. If left unchecked, we will have (if we don't already) the American Taliban on our hands.
THANK GOD FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!