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Employment Division v Smith Thursday, February 21, 2008 4:52 PM the state could fire persons for violating a state prohibition on the use of peyote, even  though the use of the drug was part of a religious ritual   U.S. States may enforce laws that have the incidental effect of interfering with the ability of  residents to engage in religious practices. Although states have the  power  to  accommodate otherwise illegal acts done in pursuit of religious beliefs, they are not  required  to do so.     Religious belief frequently entails the performance of physical acts -- assembling for  worship, consumption of bread and wine, abstaining from certain foods or behaviors.      But Oregon's ban on the possession of peyote is not a law specifically aimed at a physical  act engaged in for a religious reason. Rather, it is a law that applies to everyone who 
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