The practicality of religious liberty
Yesterday was the 351st anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance, an appeal for religious liberty made by Englishmen in the New World on 27 December 1657. It was an important step toward protecting freedom of conscience in the US Constitution.
I have always liked the fact that people can be both principled and practical at the same time. A few years later, one of the Englishmen took the case for religious freedom to the Dutch West India Company, where he made the undeniably persuasive argument that tolerance was more profitable than intolerance.