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Religious Freedom in the United States

Category: Holidays in America - Date: (10-02-2012, 17:35)
Religious Freedom in the United States


Religious Freedom Day 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012

Religious Freedom Day 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Religious Freedom Day 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Religious Freedom Day 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015

National Religious Freedom Day


      Each year, U.S. President declares January 16 as Religious Freedom Day (Religious Freedom Day), and encourages all Americans to commemorate this date related activities in families, schools and higher educational institutions, business establishments.

      On this day in 1786, the General Assembly of Virginia adopted the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom. Thomas Jefferson formulated the basis of the statute which fact was subsequently seen as his most outstanding achievement.

      Thanks to Jefferson’s Statute the practice of taxation of citizens by the local clergy was discontinued, and it provided protection of the citizen’s civil rights to express their religious beliefs without fear of discrimination. Jefferson's Statute also paved the way to and influenced the adoption of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed freedom of confession.

      The first of the ten amendments constituting the Bill of Rights opens with the item prohibiting any state religion and guaranteeing free exercising of religion.

      Proclaiming the Day of Religious Freedom in 2003, President George W. Bush declared that the right to religious belief and expression of this faith in word and deed is the right that every man should have.

      Noting that there are a lot of people in the world that do not have such freedoms, the President said: "Working together in the name of religious freedom around the world, we can build a better future for people of any faith."

      The 4th President of the United States, one of the key authors of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison (March 16, 1751 - June 28, 1836) said that "the religion of each person must remain a matter of his or her belief and conscience, and every man is entitled to follow its requirements. This right is by its nature an inalienable right."

      World Religion Day, instituted in 1950, is celebrated on the third Sunday of January.

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