EXCERPT: President Obama yesterday carried out what has become an annual tradition of declaring January 16 "Religious Freedom Day." Citing Virginia's 1786 "Statute for Religious Freedom," in which Tomas Jefferson wrote that "all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion," the president said that although the country "has sometimes fallen short of the weighty ask of ensuring freedom of religious expression and practice, we have remained a nation in which people of different faiths coexist with mutual respect and equality under the law.

Read the full article here and for the full transcript of the President's statement read the White House press release.


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