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Government shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section.
Government may substantially burden a person's exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person--
(1)?is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; ?and
(2)?is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
A person whose religious exercise has been burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government. ?Standing to assert a claim or defense under this section shall be governed by the general rules of standing under article III of the Constitution.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb-1 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 42. The Public Health and Welfare § 2000bb-1. Free exercise of religion protected - last updated January 01, 2018 | https://codes.findlaw.com/us/title-42-the-public-health-and-welfare/42-usc-sect-2000bb-1.html
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