Religious Freedom Day, 2009, 2755-2756 [E9-1032]

Download as PDF 2755 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 10 Thursday, January 15, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8338 of January 13, 2009 The President Religious Freedom Day, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Religious freedom is the foundation of a healthy and hopeful society. On Religious Freedom Day, we recognize the importance of the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. We also celebrate the first liberties enshrined in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, which guarantee the free exercise of religion for all Americans and prohibit an establishment of religion. Our Nation was founded by people seeking haven from religious persecution, and the religious liberty they found here remains one of this land’s greatest blessings. As Americans, we believe that all people have inherent dignity and worth. Though we may profess different creeds and worship in different manners and places, we respect each other’s humanity and expression of faith. People with diverse views can practice their faiths here while living together in peace and harmony, carrying on our Nation’s noble tradition of religious freedom. The United States also stands with religious dissidents and believers from around the globe who practice their faith peacefully. Freedom is not a grant of government or a right for Americans alone; it is the birthright of every man, woman, and child throughout the world. No human freedom is more fundamental than the right to worship in accordance with one’s conscience. Religious Freedom Day is an opportunity to celebrate our legacy of religious liberty, foster a culture of tolerance and peace, and renew commitments to ensure that every person on Earth can enjoy these basic human rights. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with FEDREGD0 NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2009, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to reflect on the great blessing of religious liberty, endeavor to preserve this freedom for future generations, and commemorate this day with appropriate events and activities. VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:15 Jan 14, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\15JAD0.SGM 15JAD0 2756 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 10 / Thursday, January 15, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third. [FR Doc. E9–1032 Filed 1–14–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:15 Jan 14, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\15JAD0.SGM 15JAD0 GWBOLD.EPS</GPH> mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with FEDREGD0 Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 10 (Thursday, January 15, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 2755-2756]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-1032]



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Proclamation 8338--Religious Freedom Day, 2009


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 10 / Thursday, January 15, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8338 of January 13, 2009

                
Religious Freedom Day, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Religious freedom is the foundation of a healthy and 
                hopeful society. On Religious Freedom Day, we recognize 
                the importance of the 1786 passage of the Virginia 
                Statute for Religious Freedom. We also celebrate the 
                first liberties enshrined in our Constitution's Bill of 
                Rights, which guarantee the free exercise of religion 
                for all Americans and prohibit an establishment of 
                religion.

                Our Nation was founded by people seeking haven from 
                religious persecution, and the religious liberty they 
                found here remains one of this land's greatest 
                blessings. As Americans, we believe that all people 
                have inherent dignity and worth. Though we may profess 
                different creeds and worship in different manners and 
                places, we respect each other's humanity and expression 
                of faith. People with diverse views can practice their 
                faiths here while living together in peace and harmony, 
                carrying on our Nation's noble tradition of religious 
                freedom.

                The United States also stands with religious dissidents 
                and believers from around the globe who practice their 
                faith peacefully. Freedom is not a grant of government 
                or a right for Americans alone; it is the birthright of 
                every man, woman, and child throughout the world. No 
                human freedom is more fundamental than the right to 
                worship in accordance with one's conscience.

                Religious Freedom Day is an opportunity to celebrate 
                our legacy of religious liberty, foster a culture of 
                tolerance and peace, and renew commitments to ensure 
                that every person on Earth can enjoy these basic human 
                rights.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2009, as 
                Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to 
                reflect on the great blessing of religious liberty, 
                endeavor to preserve this freedom for future 
                generations, and commemorate this day with appropriate 
                events and activities.

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                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-1032
Filed 1-14-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W9-P