The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom. According to the Ministry of Ecclesiastic Affairs, there are no laws directly related to blasphemy. Although the Small Charges Act does mention blasphemous language, this law is not enforced for blasphemy.
The government is secular; however, the government maintained a close relationship with the Antigua Christian Council. The prime minister is responsible for the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, whose role is to coordinate greater interaction among churches, other religious organizations, and the government. The ministry is also charged with facilitating the entry of religious workers into the country.
The constitution prohibits members of the clergy from running for elected office.
Religious groups are not required to register with the government; however, groups are required to incorporate to own property. Registered groups receive tax and duty-free concessions, especially for building and renovation.
Public schools are secular; religious education is not part of the curriculum.
The government prohibits the use of marijuana, including for religious purposes. Rastafarians complained that marijuana is integral to their religious rituals.
The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, and Christmas.