RNS – The ’Splainer: Who are you calling a Puritan?

„the Puritans and the Pilgrims gave us some of the founding ideas of this country. Ronald Reagan’s vision of the U.S. as a “shining city on a hill” was cribbed from a sermon by John Winthrop, a Puritan founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Puritans brought with them the idea that education should be free and for everyone (as long as they were male). Scholars say our commitment to religious freedom comes, in part, from the Puritans who came here in search of it — though they were not much in favor of doling it out. They routinely banished dissenters (Rhode Island was founded by Puritan minister Roger Williams after he was thrown out of Massachusetts). And Christmas celebrations — take note, President Trump — were banned in Puritan Boston from 1659 to 1681.”


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