I hear you. The United States is very puritanical in many ways in spite of the blatant in-your-face displays of sex in films/TV/advertising. I don't want people trying to tell me what to believe either. I think spirituality is too personal.
The "Satanic Panics" about hard rock music did not happen in other countries. Only in the United States. Where people feel that its ok to force certain religious values on everyone else and people also don't understand theatrics. I'm not saying the US is as bad as for instance some Muslim countries in enforcing a certain religion but I fear some fundamentalist types would be happy to be that hardcore if they could get away with it.