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Grant's Greatest Regret

Steve of CA Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 4:20 AM
"AUSTIN - Some conservative Republican activists working to unseat House Speaker Joe Straus are circulating e-mails that emphasize his Judaism. "Several e-mails have surfaced in recent days that mention Straus' rabbi and underscore the Christian faith of his leading critics in the House Republican Caucus..." http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20101117-e-mails-targeting-texas-house-speaker-joe-straus-cite-his-judaism-rivals_christianity.ece
In the American experience, anti-Semitic decrees have been virtually unthinkable. Religious liberty is enshrined in the Constitution, and early in his presidency George Washington went out of his way to assure the young nation's Jews that "the Government of the United States … gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance." During the long centuries of Jewish exile, powerful officials had often promulgated sweeping edicts depriving Jews of their rights or driving them from their homes. In America, that could never happen.

But 150 years ago this month, it did.

In December 1862, with the Civil War...