"In the 19th century, Catholicism was regarded by many people in this country as thoroughly incompatible with Americanism. They saw it as a hostile foreign element that would subvert democracy. Today, a majority of the justices on the Supreme Court are Catholic, and they are taken to be as American as Mountain Dew.
We've come a long way in religious tolerance. Or maybe not. The belief that Catholics are irredeemably alien and disloyal has given way to the fear that Muslims pose a mortal threat to our way of life."
Steve Chapman on the bogus threat of Islamic law in the US: Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2012
Plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose) - translation: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Do we never learn the lessons of history??