Religious Freedom in the Liberal State

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"The right of every citizen to freedom of religious belief and action is fundamental to the ideology of the modern liberal state. Yet there is a growing recognition of the challenge that religions pose for pluralist, multicultural democracies. 'Fundamentalist' beliefs and practices test the limits of religious freedom, and seem to contradict the very basis on which liberal states protect religious liberty. Religions, moreover, are often associated with intolerance and persecution, yet insist upon religious liberty for themselves. This book ...
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Overview

"The right of every citizen to freedom of religious belief and action is fundamental to the ideology of the modern liberal state. Yet there is a growing recognition of the challenge that religions pose for pluralist, multicultural democracies. 'Fundamentalist' beliefs and practices test the limits of religious freedom, and seem to contradict the very basis on which liberal states protect religious liberty. Religions, moreover, are often associated with intolerance and persecution, yet insist upon religious liberty for themselves. This book inverts these stereotypes by presenting a sustained critique of how religious liberty ought to be understood in liberal legal systems and develops an alternative, Christian response." Extensive reference is made throughout the analysis to UK law and the European Convention on Human Rights, also to the laws of other jurisdictions such as the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, making this a wide-ranging, timely, and thoughtful examination of a perplexing contemporary controversy.
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"This is a timely work that any academic law library would find to be a worthy addition to its collection."

Mark P. Berstein, Saint Louis University School of Law, International Journal of Legal Information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199606474
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Rex Ahdar: LLB (Hons), LLM (Canterbury) PhD (Otago), Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand. Also Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, UC Berkeley, 1991.
Professor Ian Leigh, LLB (Wales), LLM (Wales), Solicitor of the Supreme Court. Formerly held teaching positions at the universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, and University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Table of Contents

1 Christian perspectives 11
2 Liberal perspectives 38
3 Models of religion-state relations 67
4 Legal protection of religious freedom 98
5 Is establishment consistent with religious freedom? 127
6 Limits to religious freedom 155
7 Families, parents and children 193
8 Education 227
9 Medical treatment 262
10 Employment 293
11 Religious group autonomy 325
12 Religious expression 360
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