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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Western Christian

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Not Religious (incl. Atheist) (24.3%)

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 [Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, Articles 15(1), 16(1)]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes [Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, Article 3(1)]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1993
Last Amended3 2013
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 July 25, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Article 3.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Basic Freedoms forms a part of the constitutional order of the Czech Republic.

Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (1993)

Article 2.

(1) Democratic values constitute the foundation of the state, so that it may not be bound either to an exclusive ideology or to a particular religious faith.

Article 3.

(1) Everyone is guaranteed the enjoyment of her fundamental rights and basic freedoms without regard to … faith and religion

Article 15.

(1) The freedom of thought, conscience, and religious conviction is guaranteed. Everyone has the right to change her religion or faith or to have no religious conviction.

(3) No one may be compelled to perform military service if such is contrary to his conscience or religious conviction. …

Article 16.

(1) Everyone has the right freely to manifest her religion or faith, either alone or in community with others, in private or public, through worship, teaching, practice, or observance.

(2) Churches and religious societies govern their own affairs; in particular, they establish their own bodies and appoint their clergy, as well as found religious orders and other church institutions, independently of state authorities.

(3) The conditions under which religious instruction may be given at state schools shall be set by law.

(4) The exercise of these rights may be limited by law in the case of measures necessary in a democratic society for the protection of public safety and order, health and morals, or the rights and freedoms of others.


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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