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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Catholic

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Catholic (88%)

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 19]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Articles 13, 19]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1991
Last Amended3 2015
Source3 World Constitutions Illustrated
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 July 17, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

invoking the protection of God

Article 2.

The authorities of the Republic are established in order to protect all persons residing in Colombia, in their … beliefs … in order to assure the fulfillment of the social duties of State and of individuals.

Article 13.

All persons are born free and equal before the law, shall receive equal protection and treatment from the authorities, and shall enjoy the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities without any discrimination on account of … religion …

Article 19.

Freedom of belief [culto] is guaranteed. Every person has the right to freely profess their religion and to disseminate [difundirla] it in individual or collective form.

All religious faiths and churches are equally free before the law.

Article 42.

Religious marriages will have civil effects in the terms established by the law.

Sentences of annulment of religious marriages issued by the authorities of the respective religion, will also have civil effects within the limits established by the law.

Article 68

… In the establishments of the State, no person may be obligated to receive religious education.


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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