If you wear a religious science bracelets, or any jewelry made from a substance derived from a religious source, you’re likely to be the subject of a potential legal case.
According to the National Association of Religion, religious bracelets can be considered “symbolic expressions of religion,” which could be construed as the endorsement of a religion by wearing them.
The law does not specifically prohibit religious bracelet-makers from making products with religious symbols or texts.
But if the jewelry is considered religious, the bracelet may be considered a “religious object,” which carries more legal protections.
“A religious object is an item that is intended to be used for religious purposes,” the National Religion Act states.
And the law does provide protection for religious objects that are “maintained in a manner that is appropriate for the use of that item.”
If you have a religious bracelet, you may be able to claim that it’s not a religious object under the Religious Object Protection Act, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be held liable for the bracelet’s use.
According the statute, “the wearing of a religious symbol on a religious necklace is not religious expression.”
If a religious religious bracelet is made of a non-religious material, it may be deemed a religious item under the religious object protection law, but you could be held responsible for the wear of the bracelet in the eyes of the law.
To find out if your bracelet is considered a religious product, you should contact the religious science shop that you are purchasing from.
They can also advise you of your rights and responsibilities under the law, as well as whether religious braceliers may use religious symbols in their designs.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost Religion.