Friday Photo

January 15, 2010

Tomorrow is "Religious Freedom Day." On January 16, 1786, the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom was passed, which laid the groundwork for religious freedom being guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Act, first drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was so important to him that he had it put on his tombstone as one of his accomplishments, but left off being President of the United States. This photo is of his tombstone on the grounds of Monticello. Although Jefferson wrote it, James Madison was the one who worked it through the political system so that it passed.

By the way, here are some columns I have written about the importance of religious liberty:

What the?
Preserving religious liberty
What have we "Plutoed"?
Majority rules