220 Years Ago Today

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Culture, Politics | No Comments

Some American named George Washington wrote:

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

Washington wrote this in response to a proclamation by a group of Jews in Newport, RI thanking him for visiting their synagogue. Maybe some of our political leaders and “talking heads” that have a problem with a Muslim community center in NYC could learn something from this.

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