42 U.S. Code § 2000cc–1 - Protection of religious exercise of institutionalized persons

§ 2000cc–1.
Protection of religious exercise of institutionalized persons
(a) General ruleNo government shall impose a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person residing in or confined to an institution, as defined in section 1997 of this title, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the government demonstrates that imposition of the burden on that person—
is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and
is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
(b) Scope of applicationThis section applies in any case in which—
the substantial burden is imposed in a program or activity that receives Federal financial assistance; or
the substantial burden affects, or removal of that substantial burden would affect, commerce with foreign nations, among the several States, or with Indian tribes.
(Pub. L. 106–274, § 3, Sept. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 804.)


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