A uniform code of personal status would then be issued, by legislative decree. The census process would not categorize anyone within a sect. Rather, by virtue of the constitutionally enshrined absolute freedom of belief, after this census, anyone who has attained the legal age can choose between being a citizen with direct relations to the state or through sectarian mediation by applying to belong to one of the sects. The state would thus protect the freedom to practice religious rites and would protect the sects from each other. The uniform code of personal status would be the framework for all laws that apply to those who choose to belong to one of the sects, and would transcend them in the eyes of the public authorities. The religious faith of believers does not acquire its true meaning unless it is based on personal belief and on a free decision.