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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

Did you know that Sunday, January 16 marked the anniversary of the enacting of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, authored by Thomas Jefferson?  This law provided for the separation of religion and state.  Take a moment to read it over.  Here is an excerpt:
Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
Read more at The Religious Freedom Page

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