Whoever you are, whatever your religion is (or if you have none at all), whoever you love, wherever your ancestors came from--as an American, I believe that you have the right to practice your religion, love your lover(s), state your piece, and celebrate your culture in peace, so long as you can do so without injury or duress to another person.
I believe that this is the greatest philosophical principle upon which my country is founded. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
We don't live up to it as well as we should, but that doesn't excuse us from continuing to try.
The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by 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.
--George Washington, 1790