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July 26, 2010

George Washington's 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, R.I.

There is a movement of sorts of people who are sick of the "American is a Christian Nation" lie. Sick of the Glenn Becks and the Sarah Palins and the Sean Hannitys baselessly claiming that the Founding Fathers were Christians who meant for this country of ours to be ruled by Christian laws. Fred Clark provides this letter from President Washington to a Jewish congregation as more evidence that America was designed to tolerate and welcome all religions. slacktivist: To bigotry no sanction
Gentlemen: While I received with much satisfaction your address replete with expressions of esteem, I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you that I shall always retain grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced on 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 were 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. . . .

July 17, 2010

Just for the record, this chick RULES!!!

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July 04, 2010

"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? " by Frederick Douglass

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? by Frederick Douglass
Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know that apologies of this sort are generally considered flat and unmeaning. I trust, however, that mine will not be so considered. Should I seem at ease, my appearance would much misrepresent me. The little experience I have had in addressing public meetings, in country schoolhouses, avails me nothing on the present occasion. The papers and placards say, that I am to deliver a 4th [of] July oration. This certainly sounds large, and out of the common way, for it is true that I have often had the privilege to speak in this beautiful Hall, and to address many who now honor me with their presence. But neither their familiar faces, nor the perfect gage I think I have of Corinthian Hall, seems to free me from embarrassment. The fact is, ladies and gentlemen, the distance between this platform and the slave plantation, from which I escaped, is considerable�and the difficulties to be overcome in getting from the latter to the former, are by no means slight. That I am here to-day is, to me, a matter of astonishment as well as of gratitude. You will not, therefore, be surprised, if in what I have to say. I evince no elaborate preparation, nor grace my speech with any high sounding exordium. With little experience and with less learning, I have been able to throw my thoughts hastily and imperfectly together; and trusting to your patient and generous indulgence, I will proceed to lay them before you. . . .

July 02, 2010

Giant Whale-Eating Whale Found in Peruvian Desert

Giant Whale Eating Whale Discovered of Peru Coast I think...

July 01, 2010

Comic: The Truth Behind Homeopathy

a 19 page comic from Darryl Cunningham, who previously looked at the MMR vaccine controversy. Darryl Cunningham Investigates: Homeopathy

Historians band together to protest the History Channel's new anti-Kennedy series

Seriously, just watch this. Historians ban together from the Right and Left to bash a clumsy, Fox-sponsored History Channel quasi-documentary that seems to get every single fact wrong. Reactions to History's Kennedy Miniseries

June 10, 2010

Hu is not on first, he's the goddamn president of China

(Yeah, maybe Hu Jintao doesn't even play ball, but c'mon--their...

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June 09, 2010

Christ, now I'm gonna have that damn Right Said Fred symphony stuck in my head all day

Brad OFarrell Reblogs LOLCats...

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