Victory: DHS naturalization exam will speak of ‘freedom of religion,’ not ‘worship’

Victory: DHS naturalization exam will speak of ‘freedom of religion,’ not ‘worship’

[Ed. – This is actually important, and it’s good that Senator Jim Lankford took it on an prevailed.]

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decided to change wording in its naturalization test materials to say “freedom of religion” instead of “freedom of worship” in relation First Amendment rights, a step that Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) had been pushing for since last year.

Lankford initially wrote to DHS in June 2015 pointing out that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) study materials for the naturalization test listed the answer of “freedom of worship” as a “right of everyone living in the United States.”

Lankford wrote that it was his understanding that the term “freedom of worship” has been included in the materials since 2008, when USCIS deemed it “more inclusive” than the word “religion.”

“Not only is ‘freedom of worship’ inconsistent with the text of the Amendment proposed 226 years ago today, saying that ‘freedom of worship’ is more inclusive than ‘freedom of religion’ flies in the face of a pillar upon which our entire nation was founded,” said Lankford in his letter.

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