“To Bigotry no Sanctions, to Persecution no Assistance”

George Washington. Painting: Gilbert Stuart

George Washington. Painting: Gilbert Stuart

I love the Fourth of July, my second favorite American holiday after Thanksgiving.  My family invites our friends and neighbors to watch the neighborhood parade that passes in front of our home with us, but how else to celebrate?  One year I went to the special exhibit on “To Bigotry No Sanction,” that was at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

The most thrilling part of the exhibit was seeing that the famous phrase, “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance,” was first coined by a Jew — Moses Seixas, in a letter on behalf of the Congregation Kahal Kadosh Yeshuat Israel, also known as the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island.  (The Hebrew name sounds like a contemporary merge.) [Read more…]