"By calendrical coincidence, we have two national celebrations this Jan. 16.
One is the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the best-known and honored figures of the 20th century.
The other is the birth of religious freedom in America – celebrated as Religious Freedom Day, which by an act of Congress commemorates the 18th-century enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. The day is recognized in an annual proclamation by the president and is highlighted by a variety of religious, educational and civil rights groups around the country."