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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 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 presentation. [2 ]
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^ . 2006 A Senator Speaks Out on Liberty, Opportunity, and Security . 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.
^ http://www.ur.umich.edu/0809/Jan19_09/13.php "The annual honors, awarded in Richmond, Va., by the First Freedom Center," ..."The awards are timed for Jan. 16, National Religious Freedom Day, the anniversary of the 1786 enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. "
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