Well, every American has heard about him.
Ioann (John) Veniaminov- Russian missionary in Alaska (1797-1879)
Roger Williams – Founder of Rhode Island and religious seeker (1603-1683).
Jean Nicollet – French fur trader (1598-1642).
The participants in the dialogue were introduced by President Barack Obama. Christopher Columbus, as the discoverer of America, started the dialogue.
Columbus: I need not remind anyone here that I was the one responsible for the colonization of this land. The native people of this land were pagans and the only way to bring about a change was through enforced rules that made them see the truth of our religion. I presume, everyone here agrees with the statement that religion is concerned with truth – and hence the true religion should be enforced by the state: those who do not believe or deviate in their beliefs, from what the state says is the religious Truth ought to be punished, as severely as necessary to convince them of the errors of their ways.
Veniaminov: Glory to God our savior. I agree with this illustrious gentleman. I believe from my experiences with Aleut Indians that Christianity, as a unified religion, is the best way to govern a state. I have, with the grace of God, been able to bring about a civilized society for those people without damaging their culture and language. . The Balance between Freedom and Truth- a Dialogue.
ReferencesGaustad, E S & Schmidt, L E. The Religious History of America. Harper, 2002
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