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Encore quote for August 17: George Washington, “to bigotry, no sanction”

“…a Government which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance, but generously affording to All liberty of conscience and immunities of Citizenship”

These are the words of an 18th Century Rabbi (Jewish leader) to George Washington, then the President of the newly-formed United States of America.  What is equally notable is President Washington’s response:

“…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…”

It should be noted that the system of American slavery was alive and well at the time these two men made these statements.

I hope, many Abolitionists hoped, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglas hoped, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois hoped, Malcolm X and Dr. King hoped, and even President Obama hopes that we see the day when this country fulfills that promise.

This bit of history comes to us from Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub

Encore quote for August 17: George Washington, “to bigotry, no sanction”.


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