U.S. marks 20th Religious Freedom Day

by | Jan. 16, 2013

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Before Thomas Jefferson died, he asked that three of his accomplishments be written on his Monticello tombstone. The first is easy to guess — author of the Declaration of Independence. Also well known is the third accomplishment listed — father of the University of Virginia.

Sitting in the middle of his epitaph? Author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. It may seem like a curious inclusion given Jefferson’s other successes — third president of the United States and the overseer of the Louisiana Purchase (which doubled the size of the U.S.), to name two.

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