[USC02] 42 USC 2000bb-1: Free exercise of religion protected
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42 USC 2000bb-1: Free exercise of religion protected Text contains those laws in effect on December 9, 2019
From Title 42-THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARECHAPTER 21B-RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION
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§2000bb–1. Free exercise of religion protected

(a) In general

Government shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except as provided in subsection (b).

(b) Exception

Government may substantially burden a person's exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person-

(1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and

(2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

(c) Judicial relief

A person whose religious exercise has been burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government. Standing to assert a claim or defense under this section shall be governed by the general rules of standing under article III of the Constitution.

( Pub. L. 103–141, §3, Nov. 16, 1993, 107 Stat. 1488 .)