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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (76.9%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 recognition only [Article 43]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 26]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 29]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1992
Last Amended3 2006
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 July 30, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Article 25.

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Freedom to express convictions and to impart information shall be incompatible with criminal actions---incitement of ... religious ... hatred, violence and discrimination, with slander and disinformation.

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Article 26.

Freedom of thought, conscience and religion shall not be restricted.

Each human being shall have the right to freely choose any religion or belief and, either alone or with others, in private or in public, to profess his religion, to perform religious practices, to practice and teach his belief.

No one may compel another person or be compelled to choose or profess any religion or belief.

Freedom of a human being to profess and spread his religion or belief may not be limited otherwise than by law and only when this is necessary to guarantee the security of society, the public order, the health and morals of the people as well as other basic rights and freedoms of the person.

Parents and guardians shall, without restrictions, take care of the religious and moral education of their children and wards according to their own convictions.

Article 27.

A human being’s ... practiced religion or belief may not serve as justification for a crime or for failure to execute laws.

Article 29.

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The rights of the human being may not be restricted, nor may he be granted any privileges on the ground of ... belief ...

Article 38.

[Permits marriage between a man and a woman.]

... The State shall also recognize church registration of marriages.

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Article 40.

State and municipal establishments of teaching and education shall be secular. At the request of parents, they shall provide religious instruction.

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Article 43.

The State shall recognise the churches and religious organization[s] that are traditional in Lithuania, whereas other churches and religious organization shall be recognised provided that they have support in society and their teaching and practices are not in conflict with the law and public morals.

The churches and religious organization[s] recognised by the State shall have the rights of a legal person.

Churches and religious organization[s] shall be free to proclaim their teaching, perform their practices, and have houses of prayer, charity establishments, and schools for the training of the clergy.

Churches and religious organization[s] shall conduct their affairs freely according to their canons and statutes.

The status of churches and other religious organization[s] in the State shall be established by agreement or by law.

The teaching proclaimed by churches and religious organization[s], other religious activities and houses of prayer may not be used for purposes which are in conflict with the Constitution and laws.

There shall not be a State religion in Lithuania.


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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