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Flushing Remonstrance (1657)

December 31, 2007

“We desire therefore in this case not to judge least we be judged, neither to condemn least we be condemned, but rather let every man stand and fall to his own Master. Wee are bounde by the Law to Doe good unto all men, especially to those of the household of faith. And though for the present we seem to be unsensible of the law and the Law giver, yet when death and the Law assault us, if we have our advocate to seeke, who shall plead for us in this case of conscience betwixt God and our own souls; the powers of this world can neither attack us, neither excuse us, for if God justifye who can condemn and if God condemn there is none can justify.” ~ Flushing Remonstrance, 1657 (full text)

Religious tolerance in America is 350 years old this week. Let’s do all that we can to make sure that it manages to survive another 350 years, shall we?

Related NY Times Article: “A Colony With A Conscience”

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