For all those tea party people who like to dress up like the Founding Fathers and for all of the pontificating bloviators and bigots like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin who are basically giving credence to Al-qaeda’s claim that America is out to marginalize, if not destroy, Islam, George Washington has a message for you:
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.
Yeah, suck on that.
HT to Dana Milbank.