Defining One Self by What You Aren’t

Forgive me, my Protestant friends, for posting this quote from Edmund Burke in a speech he gave to the British Parliament in defense of the American colonies.

Conciliation with America: 22 March, 1775

“Religion, always a principle of energy, in this new people, is no way worn out or impaired; and their mode of professing it is also one main cause of this free spirit. The people are Protestants; and of that kind, which is the most adverse to all implicit submission of mind and opinion…their very existence depended on the powerful and unremitting assertion of that claim. All Protestantism, even the most cold and passive, is a sort of dissent. But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance; it is the dissidence of dissent; and the Protestantism of the Protestant religion. This religion, under a variety of denominations, agree in nothing but in the communion of the spirit of liberty…”

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