Religious Freedom Day, 2018

President Trump declared January 16, 2018, Religious Freedom Day, citing in his proclamation prominent cases in which the current administration has sided with conservative Christian proponents who invoke the cause of religious liberty to exempt themselves from observance of certain anti-discrimination laws. Even religious advocates for the separation of Church and State have warned that this new tactic of the religious right to claim religious exemption from civil law poses a clear and present danger to minority religious and social protections. Founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, fought a similar battle for true minority religious liberty against the powerful Christian theocracy of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the seventeenth century. His arguments that “permission of the most Paganish, Jewish, Turkish [i.e. Muslim], or anti-christian consciences and worships be granted to all men in all nations and countries” resonate powerfully today as organizations like The Satanic Temple go head to head with the increasingly uncomfortable entanglement of conservative Christianity and state power in modern America. Join in the Satanic celebration of adversarial religious liberty by clicking here.

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