National Religious Freedom Day

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National Religious Freedom Day
Observed by United States of America
Date January 16
Next time 16 January 2015 (2015-01-16)
Frequency annual
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 U.S. Constitution's First Amendment, and led to freedom of religion for all Americans.[1]

Religious Freedom Day is officially proclaimed on January 16 each year by an annual statement by the President of the United States. This day is commemorated by the First Freedom Center in Richmond, Virginia by an annual First Freedom Award banquet.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ 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. 

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