Free Exercise of Religion
The right to practice religion, or no religion at all, is among the most fundamental of the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Religious liberty requires that the government permit a wide range of religious exercise and expression for people of all faiths, in public and in private. Government officials may not impede such religious exercise unless it would threaten the rights, welfare, and well-being of others or violate the core constitutional ban on governmental promotion of religion.
The ACLU vigorously defends the rights of all Americans to practice their faith. We represent both Christians and adherents of minority faiths, who are often disproportionately affected and treated as second-class citizens. Our free exercise work is also especially relevant for underrepresented populations, such as students and prisoners.
Airman Becomes First Sikh American to Complete Basic and Technical Training with A Religious AccommodationPress ReleaseSeptember 26, 2019
- Press ReleaseJune 6, 2019
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyJune 6, 2019
ACLU Urges Dysart Unified School District to Allow Graduation Dress Accommodations for Native American Religious BeliefsLetterMay 15, 2019
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyMay 16, 2018
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyMarch 31, 2016
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyNovember 17, 2017
Christian Woman Must be Allowed to Wear Religious Headscarf for Driver License Photo, ACLU Lawsuit SaysPress ReleaseAugust 30, 2016
- LetterMarch 18, 2019
- CaseJune 18, 2018