Every year, U.S. President proclaims January 16 Religious Freedom Day (Religious Freedom Day), and calls upon all Americans to observe this date related activities in families, in schools and higher educational institutions, business establishments.
On this day 1786 by the General Assembly of Virginia adopted the Regulations on Religious Freedom Virginia (Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom). (Thomas Jefferson) formulated the basis of this law, which was subsequently seen his most outstanding merit.
Thanks Regulation Jefferson had stopped the practice of taxation of citizens by the local clergy, and It also created a civil rights of people to express their religious beliefs without fear of discrimination. Jefferson's position and paved the way and influenced the adoption of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion.
The first ten amendments that make up the Bill of Rights, begins with the provisions of prohibition of a state religion and the provisions on the free exercise of religion.
proclaiming Religious Freedom Day in 2003, President stated that the right to religious belief and expression of that faith in words and deeds "is a right which must have each person. "
Noting that in the world there are many people who do not have such freedoms, the President said: "Working together in the name of religious freedom around the world, we can create a better future for the people of any faith».
4th President of the United States, one of the key authors of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison (James Madison, 16 March 1751 — June 28 1836) said that "the religion of each person must remain a matter of opinion and conscience of every man, and every man has the right to follow it as prescribed. This right is in its nature an inalienable right».
On the third Sunday of January is World Religion Day (World Religion Day), established in 1950.