This Day in History: George Washington, the Baptists, & religious freedom

During this month in 1789, Washington responds to a letter from the United Baptist Churches of Virginia. These Baptists were worried: Was their religious freedom in Danger? “When the constitution first made its appearance in Virginia,” the Baptists wrote, “we, as a Society, had unusual strugglings of mind; fearing that the liberty of conscience, dearer […]

This Day in History: “In God We Trust” restored to U.S. coins

On this day in 1908, Teddy Roosevelt signs an act restoring the motto “In God We Trust” to certain U.S. coins. His decision to sign this piece of legislation came in the wake of an incident in which he’d tried to have the phrase removed from U.S. currency. “In God We Trust” was on U.S. […]

This Day in History: General George Washington vs. pacifist Quakers

On this day in 1778, General George Washington writes a letter to Brigadier General John Lacey. He wanted Lacey to prevent Quakers from entering the City of Philadelphia. These Quakers were traveling to their religious meeting—and Washington wanted to put a stop to it. But why would Washington take exception to a religious meeting?! Washington […]

This Day in History: George Washington goes to bat for his chaplains

On this day in 1776, General George Washington notifies his troops of a new policy regarding chaplains’ pay. He’d set out to get better treatment for his chaplains—and he’d succeeded. Yes, you read that right. Washington wanted MORE public money to be used for religious purposes. He did not want to skimp on something as […]

This Day in History: George Washington squashes anti-Catholic demonstrations

On this day in 1775, Washington issues a stern rebuke to his soldiers. They were planning to celebrate an anti-Catholic holiday known as Guy Fawkes Night. It’s a celebration that most Americans don’t know too much about! Perhaps Washington can take the credit for that? After all, Guy Fawkes Night is STILL celebrated in Great […]