It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it was 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.
[George Washington on religious freedom, 1790][gw]
Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security.
- attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
It’s outrageous that Andrew Cuomo is raising the issue of religion This is about security; it’s about the security and safety of the people of New York.
Rick Lazio, Republican candidate for governor of New York State, [on the proposed Islamic center in Downtown New York][lazio].