An important, yet little-known day in history, Religious Freedom Day, January 16th

Opinion Piece

by Guest Contributor,

James A. Kulacz

Religious Freedom Day in the USA was first declared in 1996, in honour of Virginia’s landmark Statute for Religious Freedom. That statute was written in 1777, and enacted by the Virginia Assembly on January 16, 1786. The statute was written by Thomas Jefferson, and was the precursor to the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the I Amendment of the US Constitution.

The statute was a landmark of disestablishmentarianism, severing the Anglican Church from the Commonwealth of Virginia. No longer would the Commonwealth use taxation as a means to support the Anglican Church, and going forward all religious faiths and none were recognised under Virginian law as being equal.

Those who promote antidisestablishmentarianism (there is a word I have never used in a sentence before) today, the Religious Right who would tear down the Separation of Church and State, would prefer this particular day and proclamation go unnoticed.

One might argue that those who favour the Secular State, which permits religious belief but favours none, should shout this proclamation every year from the rooftops.

It was the Baptists who argued for the inclusion of those clauses into the Bill of Rights: in those days Baptists were a tiny minority, and were punished, exiled, jailed, or killed for their beliefs. Baptists today, now powerful in the USA, seek to impose a regime of antidisestablishmentarianism (gotta use that word twice) on all those who disagree with their particular colour of belief.

Every year the President issues a proclamation in honour of Religious Freedom Day, reminding all that this is a nation of all faiths and none. The Presidential Proclamation of the day for 2014 can be found here.

Make sure you celebrate the separation of Church and State on January 16, the Religious Freedom Day which allows both the flourishing of religious belief, and the right to have none, without the interference of the State, nor the interference with the State by churches.

The Very First Annual Official Unfriend Day

unfriend day fb graphis, Jan 1st with blue border around white


Suzanne Coleman

I hereby declare January 1st as the FIRST OFFICIAL ANNUAL “UNFRIEND DAY!”  On this day we are all free to unfriend all of those CRAZY, ANNOYING, BORING, whatever “FRIENDS” we have added over the years on facebook and have realized that we just don’t want to keep them around anymore.

No more “custom” posting, hiding posts, making secret groups, now you can feel free to come out in the open and say “I am going to unfriend all of you suckers!”  LOL!  Ok, maybe not quite like that, but… I say go for it.  National Unfriend Day has now gone OFFICIAL!

Wouldn’t life be just that much more awesome without having to scroll by the endless political posts of those obsessive-compulsive types?  What about no longer seeing loopy, goofy posts by those schizotypal personalities, oh boy!  Yes, yes it would be MUCH more awesome.  And this day lets you do just that WITHOUT ANY GUILT!

That’s right, this day is 100% GUILT-FREE!  No one can ever come back to you and whine “why did you unfriend me!?” and go and badmouth you to all of your mutual “friends.”  Nope, not anymore!  National Unfriend Day is the PERFECT way to get them out of your life, no strings attached.  Go for it!

This way all of those narcissists who never ONCE commented on or liked ONE of your posts, but expect your COMPLETE attention on their incessant self-centered posts are GONE from your life!  And that’s GREAT!

Go ahead and enjoy your “unfriend” clicking this January 1st, you even get a whole DAY OFF for it!  It’s PERFECT!  And when you’re done, sit back, let out a huge sigh of relief and give me a smile, that’s all the thanks I need.  🙂

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