Give Bigotry No Sanction Videos

On this page, you will find videos pertaining to the letters exchanged between George Washington and the Hebrew congregation of Newport, Rhode Island. Reflect more deeply on the history, themes, and ideas of the letters by viewing scholar commentaries and a classroom’s discussion on the letters.

Washington and the Principle of Respect for Different Faiths: Farah Pandith

Farah Pandith speaks about how George Washington's 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island began a American tradition of respect toward people of different faiths.

Religious Liberty’s Unique Role in Democracy: Encouraging Respect for People We Disagree With: Martha Minow

Martha Minow speaks about the unique role protection of religious liberty plays in American democracy.

John Sexton on Religion and Democracy, Part 1: A Rebuke to Intolerance

John Sexton talks about George Washington's Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport and his strong condemnation of bigotry.

John Sexton on Religion and Democracy, Part 2: An Ecumenical Society

John Sexton discusses the ideas of pluralism and diversity of faith.

Student Voices: Connecting with Washington's Letter in a Classroom

A history class in Newton, MA looks at Washington's 1790 Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, and its meaning today.

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