Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Religion is one of your Five Freedoms protected under the First Amendment. It allows you to practice your religion freely or not at all. Under this right, you are protected from the government of depriving you of what you believe in or worship. This right was created to keep government out of religion – to guarantee the separation of church and state. 

While you can exercise your faith openly, Freedom of Religion does not protect you from suppressing, attacking, harassing or discriminating someone else’s beliefs. This freedom also does not protect harmful, violent or threatening actions tied to any form of religious beliefs. 

You own your religious liberty, your beliefs and whether or not you practice a religion, with the protection of interference, involvement or penalty from the government. As long as your worship is not violating core constitutional principles or harming others, then you are embracing this right correctly.

15%

Only 15% of Americans were able to name Freedom of Religion as one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.1

49%

Only 49% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 support the protection for all religious faiths.2

The First Amendment protects these five freedoms equally.

  1. “2017 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey.” Annenberg Public Policy Center, September 2017. Accessed June 13, 2018. https://cdn.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Appendix_Civics_survey_2017.pdf
  2. “State of the First Amendment.” Freedom Forum Institute. Accessed on June 13, 2018. https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/first-amendment-center/state-of-the-first-amendment/