George Washington, Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island (1790)

  • metta

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    Nov 28, 2010 7:56 AM GMT
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    [QUOTE]‎"The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving 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."

    George Washington, Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island (1790)
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    Nov 29, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    And yet that same US Government, more than 200 years ago, tolerated slavery and denied women the right to vote.
    Such is the nature of hypocrisy. One can state a principle, yet nonetheless place things outside of it.

    Hopefully one day soon the US Government will live up to the level of what President Washington wrote.