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March for Religious Freedom

Sunday, January 13, 2013 is Religious Freedom Day, this is the  day that Fredericksburg celebrates the writing of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. Believed to have been drafted here in Fredericksburg by Thomas Jefferson in 1777. The Religious Freedom Monument on Washington Avenue was built to commemorate the drafting of the Statute that is the basis of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

A parade, composed mostly of local church groups, starts in the parking lot South of the Fredericksburg Train Station at 200 Lafayette Blvd at 1:15pm and proceeds through town to the Monument.  (We need to assemble at the train station by 1:00pm.)

FSH along with the other Fredericksburg Coalition of Reason (CoR) member organizations will join the parade again this year.  Other CoR member organizations are Fredericksburg Skeptics, Reading Skeptically, Fredericksburg Parenting Beyond Belief, and Conservative Skeptics of Virginia. We intend to abide by the rule that banner messages must contain only the name of the organization.

We hope to see more variety this year, last year it was just Christians and us non-believers.  There must be Wiccans, Pagans, Buddists, Moslems, Hindus, Zoroastrians in the area who value religious freedom.

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  • Rick

    I think the references to Jesus by the speakers were too many. I could accept any one of the Christian speakers talks as being completely acceptable (allthough insensitive to non-Christians in the audience). I would think the organizers would be embarassed to exclusively speak of Jesus at this event intended to celebrate religious diversity. I hope that in the future they could at least include Jews and Muslims.

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Rick

    The event is actually organized by the Knights, not just sponsored.
    We are free to organize our own celebration, and in frustration about the way this one is handled, we have discussed that.
    But, we participate in the existing march and ceremony to demonstrate our desire to be part of the community and hopefully show the religious community that they have nothing to fear from the non-believers in their midst.

    2 · January 15, 2013

  • Sharon

    So, is it a march to positively support people's rights to their beliefs or to incite riots? lol

    November 28, 2012

    • Mary M.

      I've never actually heard of

      January 15, 2013

    • Mary M.

      Sorry. I've never actually heard of atheist starting riots. I think it's the other guys. But, what do you have in mind?

      January 15, 2013

  • Barbara P.

    I couldn't make the event-just moved here from California and was looking forward to it...But when I read in the paper that it was sponsored by the Knignts of Columbus etc and was 'hijacked' by Christians as Mary Miller put it so well-I was appalled that this has been allowed to happen. They are SO ignorant of meaning of Jefferson's words and his life and HIS Bible yet!!! How has this allowed been allowed to happen-that they can prevent ANYONE from speaking? Either WE have First Amendment Rights or not. The entire event should be cancelled as unconstitional. THAT should get the kind of publicity this farce deserves! Deist Jefferson, let alone Atheist Tom Paine and many other founders wouldn't be allowed to speak! What a crock!

    January 15, 2013

  • Frederick G.

    The replacement keynote speaker and others seemed flustered by our presence and in one case even seemed to acknowledge our existence. I suppose we can call that a minor victory.

    January 15, 2013

  • Mary M.

    I was surprised at how the Christians hijacked the event and cherry picked the details. Too bad we couldn't have a speaker to reign them in a little. The march part was fun.

    January 13, 2013

  • Barbara P.

    'Am going to have family visiting this weekend so 'am sorry that I will have to miss Sunday...but look forward to similar events

    January 7, 2013

  • Barbara P.

    Thomas Jefferson was a cousin-he grew up with our Randolph family at Tuckahoe Plantation near Richmond. So his words have special meaning for us. He would be turning over in his grave to see what the yahoos are doing to this country. We must never lose the REAL freedoms upon which our country was founded!

    December 17, 2012

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