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Quotes Of The Day: Religious Tolerance Edition

by @ 10:39 am on August 17, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Religion, Individual Liberty, Quote Of The Day

Gentlemen,

While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport, from all classes of Citizens.

The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good Government, to become a great and happy people.

The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.

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.

It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my Administration, and fervent wishes for my felicity. May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afrai

May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.

– George Washington
Letter to Hebrew Congregation of Newport, R.I.
August, 1790

It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg

– Thomas Jefferson, 1792
Notes On The State Of Virginia

2 Responses to “Quotes Of The Day: Religious Tolerance Edition”

  1. [...] Doug Mataconis posted a quote on his blog this morning that is a perfect reminder of where we are supposed to stand, as a country, on the issue of religion: It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. – Thomas Jefferson, 1792, Notes On The State Of Virginia [...]

  2. Woody says:

    Pat Condell Gets It: No mosque at Ground Zero
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjS0Novt3X4
    “Without the shield of religion to hide behind, Islam would be banned in the civilized world as an ideology of hate.”

    But, why attack concerned people who are justifiably sensitive about the erection of a monument to Islam at the site of the hideous attack against all of America in the name of Islam? Worse, the backers want to dedicate it on September 11, 2011, exactly ten years to the day after the attack. That shows malicious intent beyond religious worship.

    This has nothing to do with religious tolerance of Islam. It has to do with sensitivities of people.

    Is this much different than blacks being sensitive about the Confederate battle emblem on state flags? Would you tell them that the emblem was legal and simply about heritage and to get over it? Of course, not.

    Maybe the real issue should be the automatic and incorrect bias that many hold against conservatives and most Americans — not religous intolerance. That is what others should get over.

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