Each year, the President declares January 16th to be Religious Freedom Day, and calls upon Americans to "observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places of worship." The day is the anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. We encourage schools to recognize Religious Freedom Day during the school week leading up to January 16. Put the information in church bulletins.

As history affirms the earliest settlers came to this country for religious freedom. Some from lands that worship was determined by the rulers. This influenced the constitutional amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

So few words with vast meaning: We the people are protected from “government’ imposing any one form of religion worship.

As I write, this as a 2017-2018 project of the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union to make contacts via media to express issues of concern. The East Central Illinois WCTU has members representing several “denominations and undenominational”) (seeking more) to share in our legislation and community projects. We believe that our coins should always reflect “In God we Trust.”....

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if on National Religious Freedom Day or the month of January or year, each one would realize and self search within to be the best they can be, and share with others and attend the place of worship of their choice. RFD ... we should use it lest we lose it. And pray there will always be a National Religious Freedom Day.

Norma Taylor, Mattoon

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