Father William Norvel is celebrating mass at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic church in Baltimore. This summer he became the first African American to head a Catholic order, the Josephites, a group of Catholic priests who came from Europe 140 years ago to minister to freed slaves. (Hamil R. Harris/The Washington Post)
This is a letter from George Washington to the Touro synagogue in Newport, RhodeIsland. It expresses GW’s desire to live peacefully with and among people of a different faith. Looks like our first president was in favor of religious freedom AND pluralism.
“As the survey results come in, as the irreligious best-sellers sell, and as the scientific analysis gets published, it is increasingly clear that Western atheism has evolved into a forward-looking movement that has the wind at its back, is behind the success of the best run societies yet seen in human history, and is challenging religion as the better basis of morality.”
“We are a designer society. We want everything customized to our person needs our clothing, our food, our education. Now, it’s our religion.”