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Just what is Religious Freedom Day?

“Each year on January 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day in commemoration of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom,” – wrote President George W. Bush in his 2003 Proclamation.

The 114th Congress Resolution issued Jan. 16, 2017: “Whereas American democracy is rooted in the fundamental truth that all are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. … Whereas the First Amendment protects the right of individuals to freely express and act on their religious beliefs, as well as the freedom of all individuals to not be coerced to profess or act on a religious belief to which they do not adhere … and to practice their faith without fear or intimidation. … Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress honors the 230th anniversary of the passage of the


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