In 1992 Congress enacted Religious Freedom Day to celebrate this statute. Currently, conservative religious voices are laying claim to religious freedom and using religion to justify the denial of civil liberties to others–a practice that is contrary to the establishment of religious freedom.
This tweet storm is meant to establish a narrative about what religious freedom is and what it is not. People of faith support religious freedom and sexual justice. People of faith believe in freedom of religion and the freedom for all persons to make our own moral decisions. Religious freedom does not mean the freedom to discriminate or the freedom to deny rights to others.
The United States has a long history of religious freedom. This history includes the freedom to religion and freedom from religion. Prior to the passage of the Bill of Rights, Thomas Jefferson penned the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Passed in 1786, this piece of legislation stated “no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened 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 opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities.” Let us keep this tradition alive, lifting faithful voices for religious freedom and sexual justice.
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