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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Though a 2012 First Amendment Center survey noted that a majority of Americans identify that the First Amendment contains the freedom of speech, only about a quarter remembered its provision for freedom of religion. Simultaneously protecting religious freedom in America and complicating church-state relations, the right to religious freedom grounds debates over a range of issues, from religion in public schools to corporate expressions of free exercise.

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