Freedom of Worship

How did our founders define diversity?

Today we often hear the word diversity in the context of skin color. But if you were to ask John Adams and other founders how they defined diversity they would answer: religion.

In fact, Adams and other founders viewed themselves as very diverse because of their differences in religious beliefs. After all, wars in Europe had been fought over differences within Christianity. Likewise, Jews had been persecuted throughout Europe. The founders had to learn to tolerate each other despite their doctrinal and theological differences.

In this video, Jane explores a few origin stories behind America’s cherished freedom of worship or freedom of religion.