So he didn’t discover America. We can still celebrate the ‘discovery’ of America, where the intent of the Founders was to create a nation where Wisdom, Beauty, Liberty and Spirit would thrive.
To maintain freedom and equality, Alexis de Tocquevile knew that the spirit must reject dogmatism, and religions must remain within their proper bounds and not launch forays into politics. “In wishing to stretch their powers beyond matters religious, they risk losing their credibility in all other spheres as well. So they must, with care, draw the circle within which they intend to contain the human spirit, while outside the circle the mind should be left entirely free to guide itself.”