“Freedom of Religion” NOT in US Constitution

Democracy 101 – Lesson  #1

TRUE.  The phrase “freedom of religion” is not found in the Constitution of the United States.  For that matter, neither is the phrase “freedom from religion”.  What is in our Constitution is precisely this:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free expression thereof”  This is in Article I of the Bill of Rights, otherwise know as Amendment 1 to the Constitution.

“Prohibiting” is the “freedom of” part.  It means that you can practice your religion as you see fit, providing, of course, you do not violate this or any other part of the Constitution while doing so (such as the “respecting” part). “Respecting” is the “freedom from” part.  It means that you cannot use legislation to impose your religious beliefs upon others.  Legal challenges to laws prohibiting abortion, for example, will cite Article I of the Bill of Rights

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