In Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynnne was compelled to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her clothing as a sign that she had sinned by committing adultery. In Puritan colonial New England, men who were frequently drunk were compelled to wear a scarlet letter “D” around their necks and were also denied the right to vote.
I was raised in the Congregational Church myself which was the direct descendent of the Puritans. The Congregational Church in many communities merged with the Evangelical and Reformed Church to become the United Church of Christ. Each church determined its own doctrine and it was to one of those churches that Barack Obama belonged in Chicago that had Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a pastor.