The good folks at the Library of Congress have put together an extensive set of exhibits on the role of religion in the American Founding. As we start the run-up to celebrating Independence Day, it might be interesting to wander over and take a look at the exhibit dealing with the American Revolution: Religion and the American Revolution. Well worth a look for the patriotically inclined. I had no idea, for example, that one of the spark-points in the Patriot cause were rumors that the British were going to set up an Anglican bishop for the colonies. Talk about the law of unintended consequences -- once American liberty was secure the land would soon swarm with bishops -- Anglican, Methodist, and (to many of the old colonists the most dreaded of all) CATHOLIC bishops!
The River of Freedom rarely runs a predictable course.