To Bigotry No Sanction

And so the wheel turns again

I’ve mentioned before that my focus goes in cycles.  I seem to have cycled back to both trees and text-based designs at the same time, which gives me something completely different to do when I need to take a step back from a piece to come at it fresh later.

The trees aren’t ready to post quite yet (for one, I’ve been working in physical media which requires time to take photos), but I do have a text-based design that I think is fairly timely.

To bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance

Recently a friend shared on social media the text of a letter from George Washington in 1790 to the Hebrew Congregations of Newport, and a part of it poked me right in the brain (it is, assuredly a not infrequently quoted piece of his).

The paragraph goes like this:  “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”

In these times, this sentiment of giving no sanction to bigotry nor assistance to persecution seems particularly relevant. Thus this design:

Black text on white background: To Bigotry No Sanction, To Persecution No Assistance

This design available on RedBubble (and in white on dark) and on Zazzle (and in white on dark, as a button, on a mug, on a totebag because Zazzle is being stupid about showing all the products on a single page for Ineffable Reasons).

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