Every year, January 16 is celebrated in the United States as Religious Freedom Day. On this day, the US President called on all Americans to remember the history of their country and the difficulties of the struggle for civil rights in the freedom to practice different religions, and to celebrate this date related activities in families, in schools and higher education institutions, business institutions.
On this day in 1786, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom. Thomas Jefferson formulated the basis of this piece of legislation, which was later regarded as his most outstanding achievement.
The Jefferson Provision ended the practice of taxing citizens by local clergy, and it also created protections for the civil rights of people to Express their religious beliefs without fear of discrimination. Jefferson’s position also created the preconditions and influenced the adoption of The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion.
The first of the ten amendments that make up the bill of rights begins with a provision prohibiting state religion and a provision for the free exercise of religion.
The 4th President of the United States, one of the key authors of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison, said that ” the religion of every person must remain a matter of belief and conscience of every person; and every person has the right to follow it as prescribed. This right is inherently an inalienable right.”
Currently, religious freedom Day in the United States, according to the country’s leadership, should serve as an example of the fact that everyone has the right to freely accept and practice religion, as well as Express their faith in worship, teaching and observance of religious rites. Therefore, traditionally, this holiday in many educational institutions in America is timed to hold festive concerts and performances, where students depict historical figures and events corresponding to the day.