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Ground Zero mosque, how George Washington would have responded.


Actual Letter from George Washington to a group of people who wanted to build a church in a town that did not want them to build a church.

To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport
Rhode Island.
Gentlemen,
While I receive, with much satisfaction, your
Address replete with expressions of affection and
esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you,
that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the
cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport,
from all classes of Citizens.
The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger
which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a
consciousness that they are succeeded by days of
uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom
to make the best use of the advantages with which
we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just
administration of a good Government, to become a great
and happy people.
The Citizens of the United States of America
have a right to applaud themselves for having given 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 happilya right to applaud themselves for having given 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.
It would be inconsistent with the frankness of
my character not to avow that I am pleased with your
favorable opinion of my Administration, and fervent
wishes for my felicity. May the children of the Stock
of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit
and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while
every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and
figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.
May the father of all mercies scatter light and not
darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several
vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way
everlastingly happy.
G. Washington

That is when you know you have a good president.   When they uphold the constitution even when the stupid masses disagree.  Thank you President Washington.   Thank you President Obama

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