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Jakarta Post

Religious freedom in US and Indonesia

  • Fransiska Widyawati

Washington, DC   /   Thu, August 8 2019   /  01:13 am

Religious freedom in the United States is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution: “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.”This freedom encompasses freedom to believe or to not believe, and freedom to practice one’s belief without coercion and interference. The state must therefore remain secular, and interfering with people’s religious beliefs can be considered an act against human rights. “Religious freedom is a foundational American value. It is a universal and unalienable right that should be afforded to all,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington this month.The ...