Today (January 16) is Religious Freedom Day, an observance established under President George H.W. Bush in 1993. The date is the anniversary of 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. Presidents Clinton, G. W. Bush and Obama have followed G. H. W. Bush in issuing a Religious Freedom Day delcaration every year since its inception. In his 2013 Religious Freedom Day delcaration, President Obama said:
. . . religious liberty is not just an American right; it is a universal human right to be protected here at home and across the globe. This freedom is an essential part of human dignity, and without it our world cannot know lasting peace.
The Religious Freedom Day website has more history and resources, including links to all the presidential delcarations.