Friday, December 28, 2007

Religious Freedom in America

Started with the Flushing Remonstrance, which is celebrating its 350th anniversary.

"THREE hundred and fifty years ago today, religious freedom was born on this continent. Yes, 350 years. Religious tolerance did not begin with the Bill of Rights or with Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786. With due respect to Roger Williams and his early experiment with “liberty of conscience” in Rhode Island, this republic really owes its enduring strength to a fragile, scorched and little-known document that was signed by some 30 ordinary citizens on Dec. 27, 1657."

That is the first paragraph of an op-ed piece in yesterday's NYTimes.


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