Religious Freedom Day to be Honored

Ever since 1993, the U.S. President has declared January 16 to be “Religious Freedom Day” in honor of the 1786 enactment of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a forerunner to the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Americans have annually been encouraged to commemorate this anniversary with educational activities reinforcing the great importance of this fundamental freedom.



  • To find every Presidential Proclamation since 1993, as well as materials for churches to use this Sunday before the Jan. 16 anniversary, please visit
  • More about a special Washington Watch with Tony Perkins program on Religious Freedom Day is here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: January 12, 2018


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