Law Professor Lucia Silecchia published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Religious Freedom on Jan. 9. See the article below.
Peter Stuyvesant vs. the Quakers: How a revolt in Dutch New York planted the seeds for the right to religious free expression.
From: Wall Street Journal
Date: Jan. 9, 2014
Author: Lucia Silecchia
In January more than 350 years ago, two men of Vlissingen—now Flushing, N.Y., near Manhattan—sat in jail for defending the rights of Quakers to publicly practice their faith. This early act of courage in support of religious freedom is one of America's most important, yet least known, declarations of private and public rights of conscience.
In a colony then called New Netherlands, the governor, Peter Stuyvesant, supported the Dutch Reformed Church with law and money. Other faiths were tolerated, but very grudgingly. ... Read more.
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