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Monday, 23 November 2009 12:57
Religious Freedom Ranking:
4 out of 5 stars: Good


The Constitution provides for religious freedom.  The government generally respects this right in practice.  However, the Catholic Church alone is recognized as a “church. “The country has a population of 7.8 million.  In a 2007 nationwide survey, CID-Gallup reported that 47 percent of respondents affiliated themselves with the Roman Catholic Church.  Evangelical Protestants accounted for 36 percent of respondents.  Other major religious groups include Episcopal, Lutheran, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonite and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Prominent evangelical churches are comprised of the Abundant Life, Living Love and Great Commission Churches.  There were approximately 2,000 Muslims and 1,000 Jews.

There is no state religion.  However, the government officially acknowledged only the Catholic Church with the designation “church,” and other government-recognized religious organizations were classified as “religious associations.”  These “religious associations” do not have the same rights and privileges of (Catholic) churches.  The Evangelical Confederation of Honduras has petitioned Congress for recognition as “churches.”  As of this report, they are still awaiting a decision.

The government does not require religious groups to register.

The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas.

The government mandates that foreign missionaries obtain residence permits by the Ministry of Government and Justice.

Article 148 of the Law of Social Harmony forbids foreign missionaries who practice religions claiming to use witchcraft of satanic rituals.

Religious schools provide professional training, such as seminaries, and church-operated schools that provide general education, such as provincial schools.  Such schools do not receive special benefits or face restrictions.

There have been no reports of religious prisoners or forced religious conversions.

On September 25, 2009, Radio Globo’s news director broadcasted highly offensive anti-Semitic remarks.  He later made an apology.

The Catholic Church reported harassment of priests and nuns, including death threats and vandalism, usually due to political issues.  In 2009 persons alleging that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the country supported the June 28, 2009, coup d'état also issued death threats towards Catholic Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa.  Demonstrators threatened to burn down the cathedral in Tegucigalpa and spray-painted political graffiti on the church’s walls and property.  Catholic priest Ismael Moreno also received several death threats during political demonstrations in September 2009.

2010 U.S. State Department International Religious Freedom on Honduras

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