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National Religious Freedom Day and World Religion Day: Home

National Religious Freedom Day

National Religious Freedom Day began with a presidential proclamation in 1993. It is celebrated annually on January 16. The day observes the adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom by the Virginia General Assembly on January 16, 1786. This statute provided the basis for the freedom of religion established in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The day recognizes the importance of religious freedom and respect for a diversity of beliefs as central to the character of the people of the United States.

Religious Freedom Books and Articles from the Library's Collections

Religion in the United States

World Religion Day

World Religion Day began in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'is of the United States and is observed on the third Sunday of January. The goal of the day is to find shared spiritual principles that foster harmony among the world’s religions and emphasize interfaith dialogue, common humanity and mutual respect.

World Religion Reference Sources

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World Religion

Religion, philosophy of religion, and social justice

Philosophy of religion:

Religion and social justice: