kick in when we systematically exterminated the native inhabitants of our country? What about when we filled our nation's coffers by forcing an entire race into chattel slavery? Refused the right to vote to females and non-whites? Toppled democratically-elected governors of foreign states because it served our interests? And yet we were ass cheek-to-ass cheek in the pews.
Spare us your pious sentimentalizing of the past. The solution to our massive social problems in this country doesn't lie simply in admonishing people to get a job and go to church.