National Religious Freedom Day
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|National Religious Freedom Day|
|Official name||Religious Freedom Day|
|Observed by||United States of America|
|Next time||16 January 2020|
|Related to||National Day of Prayer, Thanksgiving|
National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly's adoption of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. That statute became the basis for the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and led to freedom of religion for all Americans.
- A Senator Speaks Out on Liberty, Opportunity, and Security. 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
So the Establishment Clause, as well as our Bill of Rights, and our Declaration of Independence, are all modeled on the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights.
- Religious Freedom Day: A Timely Reminder.
- H.J.Res.457 designating January 16, 1993, as "Religious Freedom Day" at Congress.gov
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