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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Western Christian

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (40.4%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 not stated
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Section 4(h)]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Section 4 chapeau]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1976
Last Amended3 2007
Source3 Government of Trinidad and Tobago;
Translation3 Original was written in English.
Current as of3 July 14, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

Whereas the People of Trinidad and Tobago---

(a) have affirmed that the Nation of Trinidad and Tobago is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, ... equal and inalienable rights with which all members of the human family are endowed by their Creator;

...

Section 4. Recognition and declaration of rights and freedoms.

It is hereby recognised and declared that in Trinidad and Tobago there have existed and shall continue to exist, without discrimination by reason of ... religion ..., the following fundamental human rights and freedoms, namely:

[Here follow enumerated rights, along with:]

(h) freedom of conscience and religious belief and observance;

...

Section 131. Director to advertise vacancies [in government-assisted schools].

...

(2) Every advertisement shall contain the following particulars:

...

(e) the religious denomination of each assisted school at which there is a vacancy,

...

Section 133. Commission to make appointment to assisted schools.

...

(2) ... the Commission shall take into consideration the religious denomination of the school and the religious persuasion of the teacher.

(3) Where the Board under subregulation (2) fails to make a different recommendation ... the Commission may appoint to the vacancy---

(a) a teacher of the religious persuasion of the assisted school, with the approval of the teacher and the Board; or

(b) a teacher of a religious persuasion different from that of the assisted school, with the prior approval of the teacher and of the Board.

Section 137. Board of Management may request transfer of teacher.

A Board may apply to the Commission to have a teacher transferred from an office in an assisted school if the religious persuasion of the teacher is not satisfactory to the Board, or on moral grounds.

Section 141. Decision of Commission.

The Commission on consideration of the application of the Board and of any representation made by the teacher shall---

(a) if the application for transfer is on the grounds that the religious persuasion of the teacher is unsatisfactory to the Board, transfer the teacher on the occurrence of a suitable vacancy; or

(b) if the application for transfer is on moral grounds, forthwith remove the teacher from the school.

Section 144. No transfer without consent of the Board.

(1) Where a teacher who holds an office in an assisted school of a particular religious denomination applies for a transfer to an office of teacher in another assisted school of the same religious denomination or of another religious denomination, the Commission shall not transfer the teacher to the other school without the consent of the Board of the other school.

(2) Where the Board under subregulation (1) fails to give its consent to the transfer, ... the Commission may transfer the teacher to the other assisted school---

(a) if the teacher is of the religious persuasion of that assisted school, with the approval of the Board of that other assisted school, or

(b) if the teacher is of a religious persuasion different from that of the other assisted school, with the prior approval of the Board of that other assisted school.

(3) Where a teacher is transferred under subregulation (2) from an assisted school of a particular religious denomination, the teacher shall retain his status, suffer no reduction in pay and allowances and shall retain his seniority in the Teaching Service.


Sources

1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

3.  Text from country constitutions was copied from primary documents obtained online using a variety of sources, including the Constitute Project, World Constitutions Illustrated, and government sources. When the text was in a language other than English, it was translated to English by ARDA staff or with web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to differentiate religious content from non-religious content. Text is current to the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at support@thearda.com if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.

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