freedom of religion

noun phrase

: the right to choose what religion to follow and to worship without interference

Examples of freedom of religion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as the days went on, even those who disagreed with my viewpoints shared their support for my freedom of religion. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 25 May 2024 This country was founded on freedom of religion and belief. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 Yet the freedom of religion in the First Amendment was put there precisely as a guard against religious tyranny. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Reports of human rights abuses in Crimea, including violations of freedom of religion or belief, abound. Thomas J. Reese, Foreign Affairs, 15 Apr. 2015 Indonesia’s blasphemy law, incorporated into the Criminal Code, is a holdover from the 1960s that local human rights organizations have challenged, so far unsuccessfully, as incompatible with the Indonesian constitution’s guarantees of freedom of religion and equality under the law. Sidney Jones, Foreign Affairs, 26 May 2017 According to the student, the pressure to limit the choice to one Jewish organization on campus contradicts the freedom of religion offered to other faiths on campus. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, 16 Feb. 2024 The only way to protect your own freedom of religion is to protect your freedom from theirs. Discover Magazine, 20 Nov. 2019 Freedom of expression and freedom of religion are among the most important American ideals. Matthew Malec, National Review, 27 Dec. 2023

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“Freedom of religion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

freedom of religion

freedom of re·​li·​gion
: the right especially as guaranteed under the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to practice one's religion or exercise one's beliefs without intervention by the government and to be free of the exercise of authority by a church through the government see also free exercise clause

Note: The freedom of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment can be overcome by a showing by the government of a compelling state interest. On this basis, practices used in some religions, such as bigamy, are prohibited despite the First Amendment guarantee.

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