Set Your Clocks Ahead One Hour

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am, Sunday morning. Go here for the official United States time. This site is maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology who will tell you how accurate the clock on your device is. Mine appears to be off by +0.036 seconds . . . I can live with that.

Seen here is Park Ranger Andrew Schnetzer posing with an official National Park Service clock and a beaver felt hat much like the ones commonly worn during Roger Williams’ time; he likely would have owned one. Beaver felt? I always learn something new when I stop into the Roger Williams National Memorial. We also talked about Roger’s friendship with John Milton, and “Paradise Lost,” and all the Quakers who were going to Hell . . . If you are in need of an intellectually stimulating conversation, this is the place to go.

Many fun and educational items are for sale in the gift section and the book selection is excellent. What was new to me today was the wooden plaque seen below featuring my favorite quote about “God’s nostrils” from a letter he wrote to the governor of Connecticut in 1670. It costs $29 and I may have to get one.

Winter hours: 10am to 4pm, Wednesday thru Saturday.

Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street, (directions)

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I have written about this quote before, referencing my former ConLaw professor at the Roger Williams School of Law, Edward Eberle. He wrote in Roger Williams on Liberty of Conscience: “In the writing of Williams, he made specific mention of ‘Jews, Turks, Papists, Protestants, pagans and others as possessing conscience.” That’s right, even us pagans must be left in peace. Eberle also cited the original language of Williams’s letter, “Florc’t Worship stincks in Gods Nostrills,” adding,

Official coercion “may make … a whole Nation of Hypocrites.”

How sadly prophetic.

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