A Genesis of Religious Freedom.

Position:The Judaic Studies Shelf - Brief article - Book review

Melvin I. Urofsky

George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom

c/o Smith Publicity

1930 E Marlton Pike, Suite I-46

Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

9781939706003, $29.95, www.gwirf.org

Despite what is constantly ranted over talk radio, America was not founded as a Christian nation. The founding fathers who enacted the American Constitution were keenly aware of the hazards of creating a state religion and deliberately instituted a practical policy of separating the power of the government from the authority of any particular religious theology, doctrine, or church. This separation not only protected religious freedom of Christian Americans from each other, it also protected non-Christian citizens, and most especially Jewish Americans. "A Genesis of Religious Freedom: The Story Of The Jews Of Newport, RI And Touro Synagogue" is a 130 page compendium presenting the history of the first Jewish community...

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