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Politics of Religious Freedom$
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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and Saba Mahmood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226248479

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.001.0001

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Protecting Freedom of Religion in the Secular Age

Protecting Freedom of Religion in the Secular Age

(p.269) Chapter Twenty-Two Protecting Freedom of Religion in the Secular Age
Politics of Religious Freedom

Cécile Laborde

University of Chicago Press

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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