Tolerance in Azerbaijan

A re-posting of information about religious tolerance in a far away place:    
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Can’t We Just Get Along? The “knave, cheater, and…French dog”—Jersey Folk in 17th-Century New England

An excerpt from Professor Carrington’s remarks can be seen here:  One of the leitmotifs of last fall’s Spectacle of Toleration Conference could have been the late Rodney King’s famous question, “Can’t we just get along?” Why is simple toleration...
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Shari‘a, the Rule of Law, and the Other

A video of Professor Emon’s remarks at the conference can  be seen here: Two of the more challenging presentations at last fall’s Spectacle of Toleration conference focused our attention on the MENA region (Middle East/North Africa) and demanded that we...
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Who May Pray Here? Judaic Intolerance in a Public Space

Professor Jacobs’ presentation can be seen here: At the Spectacle of Toleration conference last fall, two challenging presentations addressed the MENA region (Middle East/North Africa). One of these, Anver M. Emon’s “Shari‘a and the Rule of Law,” will...
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Holy Alliance: The Cult Scare and the Shifting Politics of American Religious Freedom, 1975-1985

by Tisa Wenger, Yale University Professor Wenger’s remarks may be viewed HERE. How did the “cult scare” of the 1970s, when controversies raged over new religious movements like the Church of Scientology and the Unification Church, change the politics of religious freedom in...
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Reflections on Brian Leiter’s Keynote Address

Professor Leiter’s remarks can be viewed by clicking HERE.  Brian Leiter’s keynote speech, Toleration: Its Nature and Moral Justification, presented at last fall’s Spectacle of Toleration Conference, was meant to be provocative. It succeeded. Leiter, the Karl N. Llewellyn...
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“God requireth not a uniformity of religion to be enacted and enforced in any civil state:” A Conclusion and an Invitation

As I mentioned in my introduction, discussions that mix history, politics, and history can lead to tense conversations and mutual mistrust.  We often come to these conversations with our minds made up and are not open to hearing what others have to say.  I hope that these...


February 17, 2014

Third Day Gospel Choir in Concert

The Tufts University Third Day Gospel Choir, the Gospel Ensemble Confirmation and Director David Coleman present traditional and contemporary gospel music.


October 26, 2013

Norumbega Harmony

A concert of early American music at Trinity Church, Newport RI on October 26th at 7 pm.
Norumbega Harmony practices the tradition of the itinerant signing school that gave birth to Sacred Harp singing. The group’s repertoire consists of music from the colonial and Revolutionary era of new England as well as music from the Sacred Harp and American folk hymn traditions.


Oct 3-6, 2013

“No Person Shall Bee Anywise Molested”

A conference on the role of religious tolerance in society.

More than 40 scholarly papers – by historians, legal scholars, journalists and others – will be presented on topics ranging in time and space from 17th century England through colonial American to 20th century Seattle. The conference will include two public keynotes, one each in Newport and Providence.

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