National Religious Freedom Day - January 16

NATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY

Each year, by Presidential Proclamation, January 16 is declared Religious Freedom Day. 

The following is as stated by President Barack Obama in his Religious Freedom Day Presidential Proclamation:

“I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that teach us about this critical foundation of our Nation’s liberty, and show us how we can protect it for future generations here and around the world.”  

The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was signed January 16, 1786, and is commemorated each year on National Religious Freedom Day. Thomas Jefferson’s landmark statute became the basis for Congressman Fisher Ames’ establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Consitution.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

The First Freedom Center in Richmond Virginia commemorates this day by holding an annual First Freedom Award banquet.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #ReligiousFreedomDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Since 1993, the President of the United States has proclaimed January 16 National Religious Freedom Day

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Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was signed January 16, 1786, and is commemorated each year on Religious Freedom Day