Religious freedom: A basic right [poster]

Religious freedom poster with photo of stained glass window above George Washington quote (State Dept./Image: Carol M. Highsmith/Library of Congress)

Religious freedom is a fundamental right in the United States. The nation’s founders insisted on free religious choice.

The U.S. Constitution protects religious freedom. The First Amendment of the Constitution says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … .”

Today, all major world religions are present in the United States and people of all faiths practice freely. Interfaith cooperation and mutual respect are valued in American society.

George Washington, the first U.S. president, said, “We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart.”

View and download this free poster celebrating religious freedom.