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Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality

Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality

Chapter:
(p.240) Chapter Twenty Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality
Source:
Politics of Religious Freedom
Author(s):
Peter G. Danchin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0024

This essay compares the recent decision by the US Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC with the ECHR decisions in Lautsi v. Italy and Dahlab v. Switzerland cases. This comparison displays the essential contestability of the subject and meaning of the right to religious freedom. This form of reasoning is both premised on and reinscribes the underlying foundational distinction between inner belief and outward manifestation that defines the exercise of modern secular power.

Keywords:   US Supreme Court, ECHR, Lautsi, jurisdiction, Right to religious freedom, First Amendment

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