Source: Religion Unplugged
Washington, DC, September 14, 2022
First Liberty Institute, behind the think tank Center for Religion, Culture and Democracy, represented public high school football coach Joseph Kennedy at the Supreme Court. Photo via First Liberty Institute.
The majority of Americans live with less than half of the legal protections of religious freedom available in other states, according to new research by the conservative think tank Center for Religion, Culture and Democracy.
CRCD launched the Religious Liberty in the States Index on Sept. 14, which rates religious freedom in all 50 states with scores analyzing 11 categories of state laws and regulations — from safeguards allowing health care providers to refuse to provide abortions to absentee voting based on religious conviction to childhood immunization exemptions. The research attempts to capture the impact of these laws on both religious organizations and individuals.
According to the index, the three states with the most religious freedom are Mississippi, Illinois and New Mexico. California, West Virginia and New York rank lowest for religious freedom in the country.
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