Worth a Read: NYT on religious liberty in what was then New Amsterdam

Posted on May 5, 2008 In Blog

The Grey Lady took a stroll down memory lane with Councilman John Liu as her guide. In a piece on Flushing, which the good Councilman represents, the Times traces religious liberty in the States back to the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam and the Flushing Remonstrance in which signatories of a letter to Governor Peter Stuyvesant refused to discriminate against the Quakers seeking freedom to practice their faith in a new land. Stuyvesant fought back but was defeated in the courts of Holland by John Bowne, whose victory was one for all religious folk and those who cherish freedom everywhere. See the entire piece here.