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

Christian Church Discriminated Against, Says ACLU

Charging the city of El Centro with discriminating against a Christian church, the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties sent a letter yesterday afternoon to El Centro’s City Attorney to inform the City that its... Read More

Religious Liberty

Councilmember Tony Young’s Sponsorship of SD Praise Fest

The San Diego ACLU sent a letter to Council Member Tony Young today asking him to refrain from sponsoring future events like the "2010 San Diego Praise Fest," which was "designed to provide the San Diego community with... Read More

Religious Liberty

Supervisors to Consider Another $20,000 to Life Perspectives

The legal director of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties sent a letter today to the Board of Supervisors and County Counsel responding to Supervisor Bill Horn's latest proposal to allocate $20,000 to Life... Read More

Religious Liberty

ACLU Statement on Controversy over New York City Islamic Center

Religious freedom is one of America's most fundamental liberties, and a central principle upon which our nation was founded. For hundreds of years, even in the face of opposition, religious pluralism and tolerance have... Read More

Mojave Desert Cross Caes

On October 7, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Salazar v. Buono, an ACLU case about a Latin cross on federal government land. The Justices focused on whether the government continued to violate the... Read More