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Freedom of Religion and Worship

 

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Amendment 1

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Active Indicators

Current status of freedom of speech indicators

Active Indicators Over Time

weighted authoritarian value of active freedom of speech indicators, over time

 

about this category

Freedom of Religion and Worship was one of the most fundamental ideas in America’s early days; a rich tapestry of beliefs and creeds contributed to the founding of our nation and continues to be a strategic advantage--not a weakness to be hedged against--today.

There are 35 indicators for Freedom of Religion and Worship. Each indicator has a severity level on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being less severe and 5 being the most severe. We rate activity on each indicator along a scale of 1-10, with 1 being slightly active and 10 being fully active. Updates are made monthly.

The donut graph on the left shows how many indicators are currently active for Freedom of Religion. The bar graph on the right shows the “weighted authoritarian value” for Freedom of Religion at a given moment—that is, a value that reflects the active indicators multiplied by their severity ranking. You can see the status and severity of each indicator (along with relevant news articles) in the table below, as well as the 90-day trend: if the indicator has recently become active, there's a warning symbol, but if it has become inactive, there's a forward-pointing green arrow instead.

 

INDICATOR

ACTivity

SEVERITY (1-5)

90 DAY TREND



Religious activists targeted using various governmental tools.

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5

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Congress passes “anti-Sharia” legislation.

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5

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Congress passes new laws restricting faith-based money-lending systems (e.g., hawala).

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3

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Religious leaders and/or institutions electronically monitored or physically surveilled for non-criminal reasons.

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5

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Faith-based registry established by state legislatures.

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5

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Introduction of new rules or restrictions on religious clothing in the school or workplace.

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4

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Harsh punishments for unauthorized activity during demonstrations by religious groups

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5

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Unlawful searches targeting people or organizations based on religious affiliation (institutions or private homes).

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5

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Revocation of 501c3 status for non-profits based on religious criteria.

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5

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Mandatory religious affiliation declaration added to government forms.

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5

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Religious leaders arrested or detained indefinitely after public remarks against administration.

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5

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Religious leaders murdered after public remarks against administration.

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5

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Restrictions imposed on construction of religiously-affiliated buildings.

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4

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Membership or observation of certain faiths banned by federal government.

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5

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Membership or observation of certain faiths banned by state legislatures.

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5

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Citizenship removed for members of specific religious faiths.

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5

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Naturalized citizenship limited for members of specific religious faiths.

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5

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