For some reason the other night I was poking around the White House web site, and came across the proclamations page. Apparently today (January 16, 2009) is Religious Freedom Day in the United States. I haven’t read anything on- or offline about this. The proclamation is worded very well. I particularly appreciated the following:
Our Nation was founded by people seeking haven from religious persecution, and the religious liberty they found here remains one of this land’s greatest blessings. As Americans, we believe that all people have inherent dignity and worth. Though we may profess different creeds and worship in different manners and places, we respect each other’s humanity and expression of faith.
I call on all Americans to reflect on the great blessing of religious liberty, endeavor to preserve this freedom for future generations, and commemorate this day with appropriate events and activities.
I’m not American, but I commend the President for issuing such a proclamation. Religious liberty truly is a great blessing!