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Religious Freedom Ranking:

3 out of 5 stars: Needs Improvement

The Constitution provides for freedom of religion.  The government generally respects this right in practice.  The government is secular and does not seriously interfere with an individual’s right to worship. However, it requires that both public and private schools conduct prayers and hymns in the Christian tradition, which can be offensive to both non-Christian believers and those who have no particular faith.

The country has a population of 46,000.  Christianity is the dominant religion.  An estimated 50 percent of the population adheres to Anglican beliefs, and 25 percent is Roman Catholic.  Other religious groups include Methodists, Moravians, Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rastafarians, Muslims, Hindus and the Baha’i Faith.  There is no organized Jewish community.

The government observes the following religious holidays as national holidays: Good Friday, Easter, Whit Monday and Christmas.

The Ministry of Social Development is responsible for registering religious organizations.

The government requires both public and private schools to conduct morning Christian prayers and hymns.

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

Rastafarians have experienced discrimination, especially in schools and in hiring.

The Saint Kitts Christian Council includes groups such as Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and other traditional Christian groups.  Its purpose is to promote greater mutual understanding and respect between different Christian denominations.

 

2010 U.S. State Department International Religious Freedom on St. Kitts and Nevis

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 November 2011 19:28