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PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS ACTIONS, NOT JUST BELIEFS
Religious action, and not just religious belief, is, in most cases, protected by the U.S. Constitution.
liberty in the U.S.A. per the U.S.
Constitution not only means that “all persons have the right to believe
strive to believe in a divine creator and a divine law,” [Burwell v.Hobby Lobby
Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751, 2785 (2014) (Kennedy, J.,
further means the right of the individual to “exercise” religious
from government interference [U.S.
Constitution Amendment 1; 42 U.S.C. §
2000bb-1(a)]. “The ‘exercise of religion’ involves ‘not only belief and
profession but the performance of (or abstention from) physical acts’
‘engaged in for religious reasons.’” [Employment
Div., Dep’t of Human Res. of
Or. v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872, 877 (1990)].