Why does the United States lack a social safety net? Blame the Pilgrims

In 1534, King Henry VIII wanted a divorce. Because the Pope wouldn’t grant him one, Henry decided to leave the Catholic Church and create the Church of England. It became mandatory to worship at the Church of England, which was essentially Catholicism 2.0: Just pretend the King is the Pope!

King Henry VIII (public domain via Flickr)

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