Secular Coalition Urges Americans to Remember Religious Freedom Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, January 16th, the Secular Coalition for America, along with millions of Americans, will celebrate the annual Religious Freedom Day. The purpose of the day is to promote and protect freedom of religion—and no religion—for all Americans.
The National Religious Freedom Day falls on the anniversary of the passage of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786. Jefferson’s document later became the basis for the Establishment Clause, and led to the protection of freedom of religion as provided in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
For many Americans it is an opportunity to remember the importance of the separation of church and state.
The Secular Coalition for America recognizes that religious freedom is a fundamental American value and that the best guarantee of that freedom is to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government. A government that does not favor any particular religion or faith is the best guarantee of religious freedom to all people—including those without religious beliefs.
The Secular Coalition asserts that religious freedom does not mean that religious expression must be kept from the public square, but rather if citizens (not the government) wish to express their beliefs, then room must be made so that other religious and non-religious perspectives can be expressed equally and be welcomed as well.
We encourage fellow Americans to take part in the National Religious Freedom Day by getting to know more about the religious liberties guaranteed to them, and by continuing to support the separation of church and state at every level of government.
CONTACT: Lauren Anderson Youngblood, SCA communications manager …….. 202-299-1091 ext. 205 or [email protected]
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