Give us your tired, your poor… your whacked out?

“By 1785, some influential Methodists in the Chesapeake had concluded that [Rev. William Glendinning, overwrought and perhaps suicidal] needed either to be treated by doctors or, that failing, quarantined from the faithful.

“So they tied him up and spirited him across the border to North Carolina, a place in the South then akin to what Rhode Island had been earlier in New England — a remote exile for those whose religious eccentricities embarrassed more sober Christians.”

– From “Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt” by Christine Leigh Heyrman (1997)

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