The following is from Pierre Lemieux’s Introduction to The Idea of America, a collection historical essays collected by Lemieux and William Bonner, published by Laissez Faire Books:
During the twentieth century, the authoritarian strand in American religion abated. The battles won by the Larry Flints during the second half of the century suggested that Puritanism was dead. Yet, other sorts of prohibitionist and Puritanical causes were resurrected under political correctness and related currents. Social stuff, environmental stuff, and public-health stuff fed the bloodthirsty gods of the new religion, dictating socially acceptable opinions and lifestyles. Just as the separation of state and religion seemed to have been won, the state became the new religion.