freedom of religion

freedom of religion

religious freedom is one of the basic freedoms and an early step in the many reforms that were enacted to create the modern state. Also known as freedom of religion, it is the guarantee by a government for freedom to practice any belief, form congregations and worship in any way which is not inconsistent with other basic human rights, (e.g. practicing hate speech or human sacrifice).

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights defines freedom of religion as follows:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance."


separation of church and state, religious education, fundamentalism, evangelicalism, faith.

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