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Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY, 2013

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose. Today, we celebrate one of our Nation’s first laws to protect that right — the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Written by Thomas Jefferson and guided through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, the Statute affirmed that “Almighty God hath created the mind free” and “all men shall be free to profess . . . their opinions in matters of religion.” Years later, our Founders looked to the Statute as a model when they enshrined the principle of religious liberty in the Bill of Rights.

Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose. As a free country, our story has been shaped by every language and enriched by every culture. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, Sikhs and non-believers. Our patchwork heritage is a strength we owe to our religious freedom. Read more

California bishops laud dedication of national monument to Cesar Chavez

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California bishops laud dedication of national monument to Cesar Chavez

Monday, October 8, 2012

KEENE, Calif. (CNS) — California’s Catholic bishops said they were grateful that a national monument was being dedicated to farmworker labor leader Cesar Chavez, who “was profoundly influenced by Catholic social justice teaching.”

Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union in 1962, “strived to be a good disciple of the Lord Jesus by bringing the kingdom of God to the vineyards, fields and groves of America,” they said in a statement released Oct. 3. The dedication was Oct. 8. Read more