Freedom Of Religion In America
The Freedom of Religion in America is a fundamental right that is guaranteed to a U.S. citizen by the Constitution. It has been defined and described in detail in the religion clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The freedom of religion also strongly correlates with Jefferson’s concept of keeping the church separate from the state affairs to prevent any encroachment of the right to practice religion.
The modern, present-day concept of freedom of religion, which defines it as a unique blend of freedom of belief and freedom of worship without any state-sponsored religion, was also instigated in America.
The issue of religion has been addressed in the U.S. Constitution at two places -- in the First Amendment and in Article VI that proscribes religious tests as a stipulation for holding public office. The First Amendment to the Unites States Constitution guarantees the religious civil liberties to the U.S. citizens. The First Amendment states, “The Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The ‘Establishment Clause’ and the ‘Free Exercise Clause’which are part of the First Amendment bans the federal government from passing any law from establishing a particular religion or from disallowing the citizens of the US to follow their religious practices without any hindrances.
The religious civil rights have been guaranteed to the people of America in the 14th Constitutional amendment. Section 1 of this amendment proscribes any kind of discrimination on the basis of religion and guarantees equal protection of laws for every person.
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