Among the reasons that English Puritans and other colonists came to North America in the 17th century was their desire to escape religious intolerance in Britain.
They brought that intolerance thing across the Atlantic with them.
In 1647 the Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony officially banned Roman Catholic Jesuit priests from their territory, and promised death to priests who ignored the ban.
The English colonists thought Catholicism was blasphemous and perceived the priests as “devils,” in this account on MassMoments.org, read it here.
Aside from the religious bias, the English feared the success of the Jesuits in converting American Indians to the Catholic faith, and, as a result, to political and military alliance with the French against the English in their competing efforts to colonize North America.
By the way, the French arrived before the Pilgrims. There was a French trading post in Quebec in 1608.
Antipathy to the French and Catholics lingered in Massachusetts for a long time.
More than a century after the Puritans tried to tell the Jesuits to get lost, Boston authorities in 1772 officially outlawed the practice of religion by “Roman Catholicks” because it was “subversive to society.”
Try substituting the word “Muslims” for “Roman Catholicks.”
Does anything seem familiar?
We still have too many fellow human beings who hate “other people.”
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