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Puritan religion and modern Christianity are fundamentally different and fundamentally the same simultaneously. However, the culture has changed tremendously since then. What has remained though is a prejudice towards outsiders and the use of religion to shame and oppress them. Religion can serve many positive purposes, but can have negative effects when used for nefarious purposes. I believe that the similarities seen in the Salem Witch trials and the War on Terrorism can be explained by civilization and state societies. In societies that have inequality and have a hierarchy, especially in religion, there are bound to be those left at the bottom. Throughout the history of the United States those at the top have always oppressed those beneath them and used religion to back up what they say and believe.
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