The constitution provides for freedom of religion, including the freedom of individuals to change their religion, and prohibits discrimination based on creed. A law criminalizing “blasphemous libel” is unenforced.
Religious groups are required to register with the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office in order to obtain duty free import privileges or tax benefits. To register, a religious group must file the applicable form along with a resolution passed by the majority of its board of trustees expressly authorizing the application, and file a related statutory declaration.
The public school curriculum includes religious “values education.” The focus is on Christianity, but representatives from other religious groups also are invited to speak to students. Students can excuse themselves from this curriculum and from morning prayers on religious grounds. The constitution grants religious groups the right to establish and maintain schools and to provide religious instruction.
The government prohibits the use of marijuana, including for religious purposes, and the law is strictly enforced.