42 U.S.C. § 2000bb-1 - Free exercise of religion protected

Cite as42 U.S.C. § 2000bb-1
CurrencyCurrent through P.L. 116-259 (12/23/2020)

(a) In general

Government shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except as provided in subsection (b).

(b) Exception

Government may substantially burden a person's exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person-

(1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and

(2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

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