A Student of History

December 28, 2007

“Flushing Remonstrance”

Filed under: Early America — John Maass @ 12:07 pm

An op-ed piece in the NYT on the “Flushing Remonstrance,” a little known document of religious freedom in colonial America is here.

THREE hundred and fifty years ago today, religious freedom was born on this continent. Yes, 350 years. Religious tolerance did not begin with the Bill of Rights or with Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786. With due respect to Roger Williams and his early experiment with “liberty of conscience” in Rhode Island, this republic really owes its enduring strength to a fragile, scorched and little-known document that was signed by some 30 ordinary citizens on Dec. 27, 1657.

See also an article about the document being on display in NYC.

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