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Religious Freedom Ranking:
4 out of 5 stars: Good
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Article 9 of the Constitution clearly declares the nation’s commitment to religious freedom. There is separation between church and state, and the government does not interfere with the individual’s right to worship.

The country has a population of 105,000.  A 2001 census estimated that 44 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, 12 percent Anglican, 11 percent Pentecostal and 11 percent Seventh-day Adventist.  Religious groups with a percentage of at least two percent include the Methodist, Presbyterian, Church of God, Baptist and evangelical.  Other smaller groups include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Brethren, Baha’i, Hindu, Moravian, Muslim, Rastafarian, Unificationist, Salvation Army, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mennonite.  Nonbelievers account for about  four percent of the population.  There are two mosques and one Islamic prayer center. There is no organized Jewish community.

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

The government finances “secular schools” managed by traditional denominations as well as public schools.  Students are not required to attend religion classes. 

Religious groups must register with the Home Affairs Department in order to receive tax exemptions. They must obtain a license for constructing religious buildings and holding large religious events. Foreign missionaries must obtain a worker’s permit or a waiver to operate freely. There have been no reports that any religious groups have been denied registration.

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

The Conference of Churches Grenada continued its faith-based meetings in order to restore damaged churches from the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes.

 

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

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 15:44