Government

Calvin Bremer

The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom

Described in three parts, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom reflects the ideals of Thomas Jefferson and the promise of the New World. Written in the first state of the United States, this statute served as a monumental guide unto which the entirety of the United States prescribes to its citizens.

The Legacy to American Government

The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom served as the ground work for the first amendment of the United States. The document itself incorporates the implementation of freedom of thought and speech, and it includes the right of the people to peaceably assemble. This statute guarantees not only freedom of religion, but also many other freedoms are required to put this statute into action. Being the foundation of the first amendment, The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, in a way, served as a gateway for the other amendments. The United States was built on the idea of freedom of religion, and through this document and its descendants, the people of the United States of America are able to live without the fear of prosecution because of their beliefs, and the people safely can live in the manner in which they choose.

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