Current through P.L. 117-80 (published on www.congress.gov on 12/27/2021), except for [P. L. 117-58]
Section 2000cc-1 - Protection of religious exercise of institutionalized persons(a) General rule
No 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-(1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and(2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.(b) Scope of application
This section applies in any case in which-(1) the substantial burden is imposed in a program or activity that receives Federal financial assistance; or(2) 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.
- The term "demonstrates" means meets the burdens of going forward with the evidence and of persuasion.
- program or activity
- The term "program or activity" means all of the operations of any entity as described in paragraph (1) or (2) of section 2000d-4a of this title.