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Religious Freedom Means Nothing If Religion Means Nothing

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Posted: Sep 21, 2022 12:01 AM

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In August of 1790, President George Washington visited Rhode Island, which a few months earlier had ratified the U.S. Constitution.Among those who welcomed the new president was the Hebrew Congregation of Rhode Island, founded in 1763. Now known as the Touro Synagogue, it is the oldest standing synagogue in the nation.The synagogue’s representative wrote to the president, expressing gratitude that Jews in Rhode Island, in the newly formed United States of America, lived, in contrast to their co-religionists in other parts of the world, with “invaluable rights as free citizens.“Washingto …

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