Free Exercise Clause
Definition - What does Free Exercise Clause mean?
The Free Exercise Clause refers to a clause in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In other words, the Free Exercise Clause is the clause in the Constitution which enables complete religious freedom in America.
Justipedia explains Free Exercise Clause
Many countries have had at one time or currently have a national religion. When America was founded, the founding fathers specifically prohibited the founding of a national religion. They allowed for all citizens to have the freedom to hold their own religious beliefs. The goal of this was to separate church and state, and also to generate tolerance to prevent conflict over religion. The Constitution provides American citizens with a number of rights. The freedom to choose their own religious beliefs and practice their own religion is the first right afforded to them in the Constitution.