George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom

Washington’s Letter Is Star of Show

Missive to Jews Highlights Exhibit on Religious Freedom

By Paul Berger
Courtesy: The Forward
Published June 29, 2012

Imagine a country where Jews are prevented from serving as lawyers, where men must swear on the New Testament to enter public office and where people are denied the vote because of their faith. Welcome to America during the late 1700s, when a republic was forged in the heat of revolutionary ideas such as liberty and freedom, but where such freedoms could often be strictly limited.

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