National Religious Freedom Day is observed on January 16 to promote the message of peace and acceptance. The day is to highlight the fact that everyone has a right to their own religious beliefs. People can go and worship in their churches, mosques, and even mandirs freely since it is their human right. Unfortunately, not all nations are liberal regarding religious differences and often resort to violence and force to snatch away others’ religious freedom. It is why National Religious Freedom Day was formed — to spread the message of peace, love, and acceptance. Live and let live!
History of National Religious Freedom Day
Though America is a nation that promotes religious freedom, there was a time when people weren’t so tolerant. It took the media and government years to work on the cause of religious independence. To ensure the coming generations do not stray down the path of intolerance, National Religious Freedom Day is observed every year. The day was officially proclaimed on January 16, 1993, in an annual statement by the U.S president. The cause was further promoted with the historic signing of the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998. And yes, we have the U.S. Congress and U.S. Presidential Administrations to thank for constant support in the cause.
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom is also one of the core foundations preserving an individual’s right to choose whichever faith one prefers, without any fear. The concept of religious freedom is essential for Americans because the idea is rooted in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The article states — “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.” Religious freedom is also a subject that organizations such as the United Nations deeply care about.
Moreover, societies that protect religious freedom are more likely to experience a surge in economic and social development. A nation that promotes inclusivity is a happy one!
National Religious Freedom Day timeline
The state applies freedom of religion as a principle of government.
The state of Virginia passes a law allowing people to choose their own type of worship.
Thomas Jefferson calls for a separation of church and state.
John F. Kennedy, the first Roman Catholic president-elect.
National Religious Freedom Day FAQs
When did Religious Freedom Day start?
Religious Freedom Day started in 1993.
What countries have no religious freedom in 2021?
Countries such as Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as well as several Asian states, have little to no religious freedom.
What is the oldest religion?
Hinduism is known to be the oldest religion in the world.
How to Celebrate National Religious Freedom Day
Read about different religions
There are more religions in the world than you can imagine. Why not utilize this day to find out more about them?
Post about religious freedom
Religious freedom is a right that is often not provided to everyone. To celebrate the day, use your social media platforms to spread awareness regarding the lack of religious freedom in several countries.
Visit various holy sites of different religions
To spread the message of peace, visit holy sites and prayer halls of different religions. Show everyone how tolerant you are of the beliefs of others.
5 Interesting Facts About Religions
Buddhism and Nirvana
You don’t need to die to reach Nirvana — it’s merely a state of enlightenment.
Religions without technology
Amish religion does not allow people to use electricity or telephones.
Rules of the Mormons
They are not permitted to drink tea, coffee, or alcohol.
The world’s largest religion
Christianity is the largest religion — Islam is the second largest.
Faiths forbidding medical treatment
Jehovah’s Witnesses aren’t allowed to receive blood transfusions.
Why National Religious Freedom Day is Important
It spreads tolerance
National Religious Freedom Day is essential because it promotes the message of tolerance among different religions.
Talking about tolerance and accepting people for who they are regardless of their beliefs promote peace and love for all.
The day is informative because it discusses the different religions that exist, wars fought, and why everyone needs to coexist.
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