Establishing a particular sect of Christianity

IOW, Religious Tolerance 'Merkin style.

It goes right back to the beginning. It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now. The difference is they didn’t know any better. we do. What 's our excuse?

Well, to be fair, Religious Tolerance 'Merkin style was an advance over the previous centuries of Cuius regio, eius religio, or just straight up “Death to the heretics!” And the United States Constitution (and the aforementioned Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom) are vastly better than even that, and were truly revolutionary:

And of course

It’s a shame some people want to subvert the Constitution and bring back such un-American ideas as religious establishments or government discrimination against people based on their religious beliefs. The struggle for liberty and justice is never over.