The constitution states no law may be passed respecting the establishment of a state religion or impairing the free exercise of religion. Government assistance may be provided to religiously affiliated schools for nonreligious purposes. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Kosrae State continued to say it faced slow police responses to incidents of discrimination in receiving public services, and a Canadian imam was issued a visa limiting areas of travel.
Some Christians advocated amending the constitution to prohibit the presence of non-Christian religious groups. The Inter-Denominational Council in Pohnpei continued to address social problems and promote official cooperation among most Christian groups. Other groups, including members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and Jehovah’s Witnesses, stated the council’s charter was not inclusive. Ahmadi Muslims reported incidents of vandalism to their religious centers and homes.
The U.S. embassy discussed religious freedom and tolerance with national and state governments. In addition, the embassy promoted religious diversity through social media, civil society outreach programs, and meetings with faith-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).