Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a proclamation declaring Wednesday as “Religious Freedom Day” in Nebraska.
Religious Freedom Day is observed nationwide on January 16th, which is the anniversary of the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.
“With the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, religious freedom has been a key part of our heritage since the founding of our country,” Ricketts stated during a ceremony in his Capitol office. “Today, religious freedom remains a distinguishing characteristic of the American Republic. As Americans and Nebraskans, we have a solemn duty to protect and exercise our right to religious freedom. Around the world, many are persecuted for their beliefs and for worshipping God.”
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Article I-4 of the Nebraska Constitution recognizes that “All persons have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences.”