US National Religious Freedom Day today is a commitment to advancing religious freedom around the world
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US/Canadian-Media: Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of US Department of said that today, the United States (US) commemorates National Religious Freedom Day.
United States National Religious Freedom Day. Image credit: Unsplash
On this day, more than 230 years ago, Thomas Jefferson penned the landmark legislation of Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, embodying freedom of religion or belief in the First Amendment of the Constitution and Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Image credit: Wikipedia
On this day the US reaffirms its commitment to advancing religious freedom around the world, including ensuring the right of every person to exercise their freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; change their beliefs; worship alone or in community; and teach their beliefs.
The US understands that nation flourishes when individuals can exercise their freedom of religion or belief which needs to be protected by the government and not to propagate a particular religious ideology.
On National Religious Freedom Day, the US renews its resolve to champion religious freedom as America’s first freedom and a universal human right around world.