The constitution states no law may be passed respecting the establishment of a state religion or impairing the free exercise of religion. The government may provide assistance to religiously affiliated schools for nonreligious purposes. Observers stated Kosrae State government leaders expressed differing opinions regarding tolerance and respect for smaller religious groups. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Kosrae State reported it did not receive police responses to physical threats to individuals and incidents of vandalism and stated the government did not extend public services to their community.
Some Christians continued their advocacy of 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 (Church of Jesus Christ) and Jehovah’s Witnesses, stated the council’s charter was not inclusive. Ahmadi Muslims continued to report incidents of vandalism targeting their religious centers and homes.
The U.S. embassy discussed religious freedom and tolerance with national and state governments. The embassy also had discussions with religious leaders and sponsored educational events to promote religious tolerance.