H.R.1308: The freedom to practice any religion


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Along with the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 supports the right to believe and practice any religion.

Melissa Zepeda, Staff writer

According to Wikipedia, “religious freedom” is defined as freedom of religion or religious liberty is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.
Since the beginning of our nation, Freedom of Religion has been challenged, but in 1994, it was given a boost with H.R.1308, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
Religious freedom is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Having religious freedom means that nobody should go against his or her religious beliefs because they feel like they are being forced.
For many years now, people have seen religious freedom as a fundamental right, the government permits religious practices and to speak or act according to their beliefs publicly. All people have the protection to be themselves at work or any time during the day.
The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” In 1993, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 enforced that aspect. It “prohibits any agency, department, or official of the United States or any State (the government) from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except that the government may burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person: (1) furthers a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest,” according to https://cutt.ly/zjvfMHA.
The Congressional website goes on to explain that the Act “sets forth provisions pertaining to judicial relief, attorney’s fees, and applicability.”
This Act enforces the Freedom of Religion clause in the United States Constitution, giving it a more modern perspective for an audience that was not around when the original text was created.

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