Sally Carpenter, M.Div., is a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Moorpark. Reach her at email@example.com.The USA is perhaps the only country that began as a haven for those fleeing religious persecution.
Up to the 17th century, religious freedom was an unknown concept. Serfs and villagers pledged loyalty to the faith of their overlord or king. In fact, a common religion was seen as a good thing, a means to ensure community stability and uniformity.
Villagers accepted the “divine right” ...
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