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The article is interesting, but so are the comments. Here are two comments that lack self-awareness.
Reagan quoting "City On A Hill" was an example of how utterly stupid he was. He held a degree in radio broadcasting from a small Illinois college.It is unlikely Ronald Reagan understood any of what he spoke about. This was one example.
Calling Reagan stupid and by implication also ignorant, but at the same time being mistaken about Reagan's college major is an example of the pot calling the kettle black. According to Wikipedia, Reagan majored in economics and sociology, though he did work in radio broadcasting.
The Puritans were evangelical Christian fundamentalists on steroids. They were horrible people with even more self righteousness than the evangelical Christian fundamentalists we have today. They wanted religious freedom for themselves but not for anyone else.
Church people knock on my door once or twice a year. When I politely inform them that I am not interested, they leave without any further comment. Sounds to me that they are quite willing to embrace religious freedom, as they don't impose their religious views on me.
Regarding self-righteous people who want freedom of speech for themselves but not for others, there are numerous examples of SJWs on college campuses doing just that. It's not religious fundamentalists doing that.
Yes, whatever information one puts in front of some people, they feel duty-bound to repeat their previous prejudice as if nothing has happened.
Conservatives do it as well, and it can be just as unattractive. Yet I feel confident they do it much less, not only from personal observation (and I was once a liberal) but from Jonathan Haidt's work about political understanding and persuasion as well.
Assistant Village Idiot
The other comment was wrong too! The article was excellent, until in the end the author had to stretch everything to show that Jimmy Carter was moral and Ronald Reagan immoral.
Still fighting a forty year old argument in which the facts - that the poor and middle-class were crushed under Carter by inflation and unemployment, while both did better for years after under Reagan - are ignored in favor of tribalism and myth.
Assistant Village Idiot
The Pilgrims were not Puritans, they were Separatists--they wanted to separate from the Church, not purify it. The Puritans were a different group who came to North America a little later.