The Flushing Remonstrance was signed on 27 December 1657 in Flushing, New
Netherland (now Flushing, Queens). At the time, there as an established
church, the Dutch Reformed Church (Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk) in the
Netherlands and that expression of Christianity was the only one allowed
in the Dutch colonies. A group of residents, none of them members of
the Society of Friends, petioned Director-General of New Netherland
Peter Stuyvesant to request an exemption to his ban on Quaker worship.
This document paved the way for the Bill of Rights, many years later.
"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was." - Molly Ivins 1944-2007
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