Today in history: George Washington on religious freedom

To Bigotry No Sanction, to Persecution No Assistance...-George WashingtonOn August 17, 1790, President George Washington wrote a letter to Moses Seixas and the Jewish congregation of Newport, RI. Washington did so in response to a letter sent by the group when Washington visited their city. The account is on the Library of Congress website and provides important historical context for debates over freedom of religion for Muslims.On August 17, 1790, the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode … [Read more...]


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