The Religious Freedom Loophole

The first part of the First Amendment states that all Americans have the freedom of religion. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
So what does that mean, exactly? According to the law, no one religion is supposed reign supreme – nor can anyone be prohibited from exercising their beliefs. But that phrase “free exercise” is a broad one. What happens when religious groups take advantage of these special freedoms to make money, skirt rules or hurt children? This hour of Reveal explores the tricky territory of religious freedom and how different groups have exploited this loophole.
Illustration by Anna Vignet

Reveal | 27th February 2016