“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2021, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty and that teach us how to secure this blessing both at home and around the world.”
Trump’s Proclamation calls January 16th, 2021 “Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day, 2021.” He encourages people to express their religions and freedoms appropriately today. Some may read that as words of encouragement. Others, given current orders urging people to stay home amidst COVID-19 and potential weekend riots, may take Trump’s proclamation differently.
“Faith inspires hope. Deeply embedded in the heart and soul of our Nation, this transcendent truth has compelled men and women of uncompromising conscience to give glory to God by worshiping both openly and privately, lifting up themselves and others in prayer. On Religious Freedom Day, we pledge to always protect and cherish this fundamental human right.”