I've heard repeatedly that Europeans are astounded at the degree of religious involvement in the USA. This because we are a country that has historically awarded itself the mythological image of a free people unfettered by personal suppression based on religion.

Within that myth we have experienced growing pains - years of conflict and pain that have to do with coming to a societal maturity regarding such things as valuing diversity in the culture as well as moving into modernity in terms of minority rights.

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