Friday, August 27, 2010

U.S. Religious Freedom Owes Debt to Colonists’ Radical Document

1657 Flushing Remonstrance urged tolerance, foresaw modern religious rights.
"The colonists mentioned "Jews, Turks and Egyptians ... Presbyterian, Independent, Baptist or Quaker" and said they were "desiring to doe [sic] unto all men as we desire all men should doe unto us, which is the true law both of Church and State."

"Therefore if any of these said persons come in love unto us, we cannot in conscience lay violent hands upon them, but give them free egresse and regresse unto our town, and houses, as God shall persuade our consciences, for we are bounde [sic] by the law of God and man to doe good unto all men and evil to noe man," they said."
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