Contact: Carmen Bingham
The House of Delegates today approved HR 75, authored by Democratic Leader David J. Toscano (D-57th, Charlottesville-Albemarle), to commemorate the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and draw attention to the importance of ensuring the right of religious liberty and the ability of citizens to practice their faiths as they choose in the United States.
Toscano, in discussing the resolution, said “we are finding a resurgence of anti-religious sentiment in the United States today, often targeted toward people from other countries who seek refuge from death and persecution in their home countries. The resolution places the House of Delegates on record as opposing political and religious persecution and bias, celebrating the principles of religious freedom set forth by Thomas Jefferson 230 years ago.”
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom is a precursor to the establishment clause and free expression of religion provision of the United States Constitution.