Freedom of Religion

The freedom to practice religion without interference or coercion from the government is a fundamental guarantee of the U.S. and Connecticut constitutions. The ACLU of Connecticut has frequently defended this right so that all people may freely follow their own spiritual paths.

The ACLU of Connecticut joined ACLU affiliates from across New England to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Boston office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to uncover how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s Muslim ban. The filing is part of a coordinated effort from ACLU affiliates nationwide, which filed requests with CBP field offices and its headquarters spanning 55 international airports across the country.

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As a voice for freedom and equality, our legislative priorities include promoting and preserving civil liberties for all. Through state legislative advocacy, we aim to defend and extend key constitutional principles, including privacy, justice, and democracy. The bills below represent just some of the issues of interest to the ACLU of Connecticut in 2016. Criminal […]

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The Enfield Board of Education has agreed not to hold graduations in a Bloomfield church in order to settle a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Connecticut and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The three organizations filed suit against the Enfield Board of Education in May 2010 […]

A federal judge Tuesday heard a plea on behalf of a group of Enfield parents and students that the town be permanently banned from holding graduation exercises in First Cathedral in Bloomfield. Their attorneys argued that evidence presented to a different federal judge last year, which led to a temporary injunction against the church graduation, […]

A naval officer whose petition to be recognized as a conscientious objector (CO) was initially denied has been granted CO status and has been honorably discharged from the United States Navy. The Navy’s acknowledgement that Michael Izbicki’s Christian convictions preclude his participation in war in all forms came after the ACLU of Connecticut and two […]