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An Exploration Of Religious Freedom For Non-White Non-Christians

Christian Ferrer, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49733344

The United States is supposed to be all about religious freedom; the stories we're told starting as little kids are about the "pilgrims" and other people who came to North America for the freedom to practice their beliefs. True, but only up to a point.

The early white New Englanders were not terribly tolerant of people who did not toe the line of their sect, and even less patience was shown for non-Christians and non-whites.

Khyati Joshi explores the long trail leading from that time and place in a recent book, White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America. From the early days to the "Muslim ban" and beyond, there's much to discuss.

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