Edited by Rex Ahdar
Chapter 6: What kind of human right is religious liberty?
The idea of ‘religious liberty’ is increasingly criticized for arbitrarily privileging practices that happen to resemble Christianity and distorting the perception of real injuries. Both objections are sound. Religious liberty is nonetheless appropriately regarded as a right. The state cannot possibly recognize each individual’s unique identity-constituting attachments. It can, at best, protect broad classes of ends that many people share. ‘Religion’ is one of these.
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