The virginia statute for religious freedom was drafted in 1777 however it was not first introduced into the virginia general assembly until 1779 by thomas jefferson in the city of fredericksburg virginia. Virginia statute for establishing religious freedom 1786 contributed by john ragosta the virginia statute for establishing religious freedom was drafted by thomas jefferson and adopted by the general assembly on january 16 1786 before being signed into law three days later. Establishing religious freedom jeffersons statute in virginia is well written accessible and well worth the forty year wait journal of southern history buckley has left almost no stone unturned establishing religious freedom is a comprehensive and impressive account of one episode in the long and contentious history of religious liberty in america. Thomas jefferson and the virginia statute for religious freedom thomas jefferson 1743 1826 was prevented by illness from attending the virginia convention of 1774 that met to discuss what to do in the aftermath of the boston tea party and the closing of the port of boston by the british. The act for establishing religious freedom commonly known as the virginia statute for religious freedom which the virginia general assembly passed on january 16 1786 is one of the most important laws that the assembly ever adopted
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