CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

Free Exercise

Religious persecution in Great Britain and across Europe is what convinced many colonists to make the risky journey to America. After independence, the United States doubled down on religious freedom and proclaimed in the first amendment that the federal government may not establish any state sponsored religion or prohibit the free exercise of any religious belief. Throughout our history, we have seen the principle of religious freedom violated and abused. Moving forward, we must remember how crucial it is to our national identity and political culture.