The original Pilgrims were congregationalists - independents who were completely against authoritarianism including of the Church of England that had persecuted them. It was the second wave, the 'puritans' who founded the Mass. Bay Colony and still owed allegiance to the C of E, who set up the totalitarian theocracy. The one that came badly unstuck on its own failures of Liberty in the Salem witch trials. It is a tragedy that their flawed brand of Christianity is the one that prevailed (way more immigrants) and failed, because its failure was the failure of the New England Christian project.
It's 1776 again in America
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