Of course it was - in principle - just like the *United States. The Virginia Constitution makes that quite clear. It says, in part:
Section 16. Free exercise of religion; no establishment of religion.That religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.
Now, be sure, those practicing deconstructionism will spin a fairy tale about the words you read above. Can't believe what you read in the original documents and writings don't you know. All that evidence was planted by aliens - the same ones that built the Pyramids. (I think these folks belong in the same room with flat-earthers and man-made global warming advocates. Don't confuse them with the facts.)
But what I really want to know is why do we have a half naked chick standing over a dead dude on our flag? That's not very Christian. And she's got a sword in her hand! Doesn't that promote violence? Time to march and protest! Sword control! This flag wickedly promotes violence by women toward men who are tyrants - how shameful!
Some have suggested that the newer flag design represented what the North had done to virtuous Virginia during the WBTS - "raped" her. Don't know about that, but in the pre-war flag, Virtus was fully clothed and the tyrant was shown mercy - he's still alive . . . hmmmm. Ah, the complexities of history.
*The evidence is so overwhelming that this is the case, even the Library of Congress accepts the truth.