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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (43.6%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 Yes
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 Yes

Constitution

Constitution Year4 1982
Last Amended4 2006
Source4 Political Database of the Americas
Translation4 Unofficial translation by ARDA staff from Spanish source
Current as of4 May 11, 2011

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)4

PREAMBLE

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…


ARTICLE 77.

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.


ARTICLE 151.

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.


ARTICLE 198.

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


ARTICLE 238.

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.]


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 and the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database.

2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports the estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. The RCS was created to fulfill the unmet need for a dataset on the religious dimensions of countries of the world, with the state-year as the unit of observation. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivision 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 and the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database.

3.  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.

4.  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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