In Arkansas, Freedom of Religion Does Not Mean Freedom From Religion

By Adrienne Griffis
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech . . . .” Similarly, Article 2, Section 24 of the Arkansas Constitution provides that “no human authority can, in any case or manner whatsoever, control or interfere with the right of conscience; and no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment, denomination or mode of worship, above any other.” However, despite the requirements of the U.S. Constitution, and even the strong language in the Arkansas Constitution that appears to promote religious freedom, the law in Arkansas does not protect all religions from discrimination. [More]