Religious Liberty

Safeguarding religion and government from the undue influences of the other

ACLU vigorously defends the rights of all Americans, all faiths*

Religious freedom is the right to practice the religion of one’s choice or no religion at all. The First Amendment protects that right by keeping religion free from government interference and coercion.

The First Amendment says,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As enshrined in the First Amendment, religious freedom includes two complementary protections: the right to religious belief and expression and a guarantee that the government neither prefers religion over non-religion nor favors particular faiths over others.

These dual protections work hand-in-hand, allowing religious liberty to thrive and safeguarding both religion and government form the undue influences of the other.

* or no faith

Religious Liberty

ACLU Defends Religious Freedom for All

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…" — First Amendment Religious freedom is the right to practice the religion of one's choice or no... Read More

Religious Liberty

County Supervisors Illegally Funded Christian Camp

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors violated the California Constitution when it handed over $21,000 in government funds to a local Christian camp the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties... Read More

LGBTQ Rights

Student Groups Can’t Discriminate and Get Paid for It

A federal appeals court decision Tuesday ruled that San Diego State University could withhold funding and other campus benefits to a Christian fraternity and sorority that barred gays and lesbians as well as... Read More

Religious Liberty

Escondido’s Sectarian City Council Prayers Violate Constitution

SAN DIEGO – The Escondido City Council is violating the constitutional principle of separation of church and state by engaging in sectarian prayers during the “Moment of Reflection” at the beginning of each... Read More

Immigrant Rights

ACLU’S Statement on Representative King’s Homeland Security Hearings

The following statement may be attributed to Kevin Keenan, Executive Director, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. “The unwarranted scrutiny of the American Muslim community by law enforcement and other... Read More