Friday, January 16, 2015

Today Is Religious Freedom Day

Today is Religious Freedom Day, the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786.  Each year the President issues a Proclamation marking the day, and presumably this year's Proclamation will appear sometime today on the White House website. Americans United has urged that greater attention be given to the day. UPDATE: Here is the full text of this year's Presidential Proclamation-- Religious Freedom Day 2015.

Meanwhile, according to CNS News, the Orange County, Florida public schools announced that they are suspending, at least temporarily, the traditional passive distribution of Bibles from World Changers of Florida on Religious Freedom Day.  The decision came after last year the Freedom For Religion Foundation won the right to distribute its own atheist litereature, including a pamphlet titled "Sex and Obscenity in the Bible," and this year the Satanic Temple indicated it would distribute material as well. The school district says that it is reworking its policy on outside distribution of materials to students.