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Features of Constitution1

Is there a constitution? Yes
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion? Yes


Constitution Year 1982
Last Amended 2006
Source Political Database of the Americas
Translation Unofficial translation by ARDA staff from Spanish source
Current as of May 11, 2011

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)2


We, the representatives elected by the sovereign will of the Honduran people, gathered at the National Constituent Assembly, invoking the protection of God and the example of our forefathers…


Free exercise of all religions and worship without precedence is guaranteed, provided that it does not contravene law and public order.
Ministers of the various religions may not hold public office nor engage in any form of political propaganda, invoking religious motives or using people’s religious beliefs as a means to that end.


Education is an essential function of the State in order to conserve, promote and disseminate scholarship, which will project its benefits to society with no discrimination of any kind.
National education is secular and will build on the basic principles of democracy, inculcate and foster in students deep Honduran feelings, and should be linked directly to the process of economic and social development.


To be elected a representative, it is required that one must:
…4. Be a layperson;…


To be President or Vice President of the Republic it is required that one must:
…4. Be a layperson.

[Note: The constitutional text hosted by the Political Database of the Americas is reproduced from official government sources.]


1.  Data under the "Features of Constitution" heading are drawn from coding of the U.S. State Department's 2008 International Religious Freedom Reports conducted by researchers at the Association of Religion Data Archives. The article by Brian Grim and Roger Finke describes the coding of the International Religious Freedom reports. A dataset with these and the other international measures highlighted on the country pages can be downloaded from this website. Used with permission.

2.  The constitutional excerpts shown above are reproduced from the websites given in the "Source" field; the links to these websites were active as of May 2011. Where the constitutional text shown on these websites was provided in a language other than English, this text was translated to English by ARDA staff with assistance from web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate and Yahoo! Babel Fish. Constitutional text was converted to American English where applicable. Constitutional clauses were judged to contain religious content based largely on the standards used in the construction of the Religion and State Constitutions Dataset collected by Jonathan Fox. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to highlight religious content in articles that also contain content that does not pertain to matters of religion. The data on this page were correct to the best of the knowledge of the ARDA as of 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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