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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Western Christian

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Protestant (incl. Anglican, Pentecostal) (26.5%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no [Article 14]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 14]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Articles 11(b), 14]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1986
Last Amended3 (n/a)
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Original is in English.
Current as of3 August 3, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

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Acknowledging our devout gratitude to God ... and relying on His Divine Guidance ...

... all of our people, irrespective of ... creed ... are of one common body politic ...

Article 11.

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(b) All persons, irrespective of ... creed ... are entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.

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Article 14.

All persons shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment thereof except as may be required by law to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others. All persons who, in the practice of their religion, conduct themselves peaceably, not obstructing others and conforming to the standards set out herein, shall be entitled to the protection of the law. No religious denomination or sect shall have any exclusive privilege or preference over any other, but all shall be treated alike; and no religious tests shall be required for any civil or military office or for the exercise of any civil right. Consistent with the principle of separation of religion and state, the Republic shall establish no state religion.

Article 18.

All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of ... creed, religion, ..., and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work.

Article 78.

As used in this Chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, an "association" means a body of persons, corporate or other, which acts together for a common purpose, and includes a group of people organized for any ... religious objectives; ...

Article 79.

No association, by whatever name called, shall function as a political party, nor shall any citizen be an independent candidate for election to public office, unless:

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(b) the membership of the association or the independent candidate's organization is open to every citizen of Liberia, irrespective of ... religion ..., except as otherwise provided in this Constitution.

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(d) the name, objective, emblem or motto of the association or of the independent candidate and his organization is free from any religious connotations ... and that the activities of the association or independent candidate are not limited to a special group ...

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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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