Venezuela
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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (81.2%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 not stated
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 59]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Article 21(1)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1999
Last Amended3 2009
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation, edited by ARDA staff.
Current as of3 July 17, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

... invoking the protection of God ...

Article 21.

All persons are equal before the law, and, consequently:

(1) No discrimination based on ... creed ... shall be permitted, nor, in general, any discrimination with the intent or effect of nullifying or encroaching upon the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on equal terms, of the rights and liberties of every individual.

...

Article 57. [On freedom of expression]

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... [Messages] promoting religious intolerance are not permitted. ...

Article 59.

The State guarantees the freedom of worship and religion. All persons have the right to profess their religious faith and cults, and express their beliefs in private or in public, by teaching and other practices, provided such beliefs are not contrary to moral, good customs and public order. The autonomy and independence of religious confessions and churches is likewise guaranteed, subject only to such limitations as may derive from this Constitution and the law. Father and Mother are entitled to have their sons and daughters receive religious education in accordance with their convictions.

No one shall invoke religious beliefs or discipline as a means of evading compliance with law or preventing another person from exercising his or her rights.

Article 89. [On work]

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(5) All types of discrimination because of ... creed ... is prohibited.

...

Article 119.

The State recognizes the existence of native peoples and communities, their ... religions, ...

Article 121.

Native peoples have the right to maintain and develop their ... spirituality and holy places and places of worship. ...

Article 160.

... To be governor ... it is required to be ... of secular estate.

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Article 174.

... To be mayor ... it is required to be ... of secular estate. ...


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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