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Protecting Freedom of Religion in the Secular Age

Protecting Freedom of Religion in the Secular Age

Chapter:
(p.269) Chapter Twenty-Two Protecting Freedom of Religion in the Secular Age
Source:
Politics of Religious Freedom
Author(s):
Cécile Laborde
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0027

Laborde argues against the notion that, insomuch as conscience is the proper locus of modern religion, it is advisable to extend state protection to other strongly held beliefs that exert a similar moral pull on individuals. Such a proposal is limited, Laborde suggests, in that it excludes communal forms of life that exert a force on individuals comparable to strong beliefs. Laborde remains sympathetic to the project of formulating a normative conception of the right to religious liberty that would be more capacious in accommodating a range of beliefs and practices that are not simply religious.

Keywords:   freedom of conscience, secularism, religious liberty, political philosophy, normative political theory, belief

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