4 days ago
It's (arguably) par for the course for a country that was founded by religious zealots known for their tolerance of violence.
Maybe a little historical context would be helpful?
One year before the Jamestown colony was founded, Guy Fawkes had escaped the execution planned for him by jumping off of the Westminster gallows the instant the rope was placed around his neck.
The penalty for treason against the Crown at the time was to be strangled until nearly unconscious but not quite and then disemboweled while still alive. The body would then be divided into quarters to be displayed in various prominent places as a warning to others.One hundred and seventy years later, that was still the penalty for treason, (On paper at least) which is why John Hancock's big, flowery signature on the Declaration of Independence was considered something extraordinary.
So when you look at a mid 19th century painting of early 17th century Puritans going to church, it's probably good to remember that this was violent period in history irrespective of religion and not just confined to the Colonies.