Speeches and articles
Celebrating Religious Diversity
August 4, 2011
In August the Department of State is focusing on and celebrating religious diversity. The principle of religious freedom is a fundamental and cherished right in the United States, and it is embodied in both the American and Estonian Constitutions. Modern America is the culmination of centuries of immigration that have brought followers of every faith to our shores. Religious freedom and the right to worship as one sees fit has long been recognized as an inviolable human right under international conventions and treaties, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The U.S. remains committed to working with other likeminded democracies, including Estonia, in promoting and protecting this fundamental right wherever there are challenges to it around the world.