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CWA of North Carolina: Celebrate Religious Freedom Day!
January 16 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
On January 16, 1786, the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was adopted by the General Assembly. This statute was necessary to stop the practice of taxing people to pay for the support of the local clergy, and it protected the civil rights of people to express their religious beliefs without suffering discrimination.
In 1790, the principles within the statute were the impetus for our First Amendment, “first freedom,” and became the foundation for the Bill of Rights. A government unwilling to respect its citizens’ religious freedoms would be unlikely to respect other freedoms as well.
In 1993, President Herbert W. Bush declared January 16 to be the first Religious Freedom Day and called on Americans to observe this day in their homes, schools, and places of worship.
Every U.S. president since 1993 has recognized the significance of Religious Freedom Day. Last year, President Trump proclaimed that “faith is embedded in the history, spirit, and soul of our Nation and that we celebrate the many faiths that make up our country, and we commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped and secured our cherished legacy of religious liberty.”
As we look on the horizon for 2019, we realize the evident cruciality for acknowledging and promoting this significant day. We see the ever-increasing attacks on our Judeo-Christian faith. We don’t have to look too hard to observe this persecution in the marketplace, in schools, and in the halls of justice.
So, on Wednesday, January 16, CWA of North Carolina invites you to join us in Charlotte as we celebrate Religious Freedom Day by prayer walking the Mecklenburg Government Center and Charlotte Spectrum Center! Both locations play a huge part in our lives, as the Government Center enforces the laws through the courts but also allows us to make our voices heard on issues, and the Spectrum Center is the site of the 2020 National Republican Convention. The significance of praying around these two important locations cannot be overstated.
When: Wednesday, January 16, at 10:15 a.m.
Where: In front of First Baptist Charlotte at 301 South Davidson Street. Park across the street from the church on South Davidson Street.
Prayer Walk: Walk across the street at 10:30 a.m. to the Mecklenburg Government Center
Lunch: First Baptist Charlotte Fellowship Hall (Cost is $6 per person)
Prayer Walk: Walk ½ mile to the Spectrum Center
Conclude: Approximately 2:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to me by Monday, January 14, especially if you will be joining us so that we can give an estimate number for lunch. Email me or give me a call at 704-516-0820. But please know that ALL are welcome to join us at the last minute.
This is a great opportunity to arise and take a strong stand on behalf of religious freedom! Will you join us? Women, men, and children are all welcome. This is a great experience for homeschool families. We hope this day will be recognized and commemorated all over our state and nation.
Please share this with your church, friends, and family members.
Note: Whether you are able to join us for this event or not, I strongly suggest you take a minute to read the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom. It is an incredible reminder of the country we were set up to be and how many have dramatically twisted it.
- CWA of North Carolina bookmark: Know Your Rights: Freedom of Speech & Religion in Public Schools
- Gateways to Better Education brochure: Religious Freedom Day
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