KNOW YOUR RIGHT TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The ACLU strives to safeguard the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty by ensuring that laws and governmental practices neither promote religion nor interfere with its free exercise.
Getting an education isn't just about books and grades -- we're also learning how to participate fully in the life of this nation.
But in order to really participate, we need to know our rights -- otherwise we may lose them. The highest law in our land is the U.S. Constitution, which has some amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights guarantees that the government can never deprive people in the U.S. of certain fundamental rights including the right to freedom of religion and to free speech and the due process of law. Many federal and state laws give us additional rights, too.
The Bill of Rights applies to young people as well as adults. Aclu can give you a lot of information about RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
One of the most important freedoms guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution is religious freedom.
Religious freedom is the right to decide which religion to follow – if any – without government coercion or interference. Indeed, religion and belief are stronger without government support.
Religious freedom ensures that you can decide whether or how to pray, that you cannot be banned from entering this country because or your religion and that no one else can use his or her religious beliefs to harm you or deny your civil rights and civil liberties.
Americans United fights each and every day to protect the rights of all Americans to believe – or not – by ensuring there is a healthy distance between religion and government.
The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment.
Our mission of the Religious Freedom Center is to educate the public about religion, law and civic engagement so that our communities are equipped to protect the rights of people of all religious traditions and none.
Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.
State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts
In 1997, in the City of Boerne v. Flores decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) did not apply to the states.
Since 1993, 21 states have enacted state RFRAs. These laws are intended to echo the federal RFRA, but are not necessarily identical to the federal law. Arkansas and Indiana are the most recent states to enact a RFRA, doing so in 2015.
Living Facts is about Americans today—who we are and how we live. Our goal is to inform and inspire. That’s it. Living Facts was created by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded 72 years ago in Philadelphia. We welcome your feedback and ideas. Some surprising facts about Americans and Faith.
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.The resources in this section are intended to help LGBTQ people, their families, friends and allies, find powerful and transformative spaces to learn more about the intersection of their faith and LGBTQ issues.
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