Sunday, September 4, 2016

#248 / George Washington And The Jews

I didn't know about George Washington's 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island until I read about it an opinion piece by Sarah Vowell, which appeared in the August 14, 2016 edition of The New York Times. In this letter, Washington pledges that the country’s fledgling government “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”

I recommend Vowell's article, which I found inspiring. It is printed under the online title, "Join the Army and Choose Whichever God You Like."

Washington and Hannah Arendt (see yesterday's posting), seem to have had the very same idea about what politics should be about, in a democratic republic.

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