In 1612, Thomas Helwys published the first book in English arguing for true religious liberty for all people. One of the two founders of the first Baptist church (of the world) formed just three years earlier, Helwys went beyond the normal demand that persecution cease towards one’s own sect to insist on religious liberty for everyone, even Jews, Muslims, and atheists. Radical stuff even in a radical age.
I was agreeing with your article until the first sentence of the final full paragraph where you say only "our young sons." What about the young daughters - do they not count?
Thanks for a very informative and insightful article about this “Blitz” and its predecessors. As usual, you are right on the mark. One question: perhaps I’ve missed something but do you really want to say only “our young sons” in the first sentence of the final full paragraph? It doesn’t sound like the you I’ve come to appreciate and depend on so much.