National Religious Freedom Day

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National Religious Freedom Day
Official nameReligious Freedom Day
Observed byUnited States of America
DateJanuary 16
Next timeJanuary 16, 2023 (2023-01-16)
Related toNational 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.[1]

Religious Freedom Day has been officially proclaimed on January 16 in an annual statement by the President of the United States since 1993.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Allen, George (2006). A Senator Speaks Out on Liberty, Opportunity, and Security. ISBN 9780976966814. 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.
  2. ^ Religious Freedom Day: A Timely Reminder.
  3. ^ H.J.Res.457 designating January 16, 1993, as "Religious Freedom Day" at

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