Unveiling the Limits of Tolerance: Comparing the Treatment of Majority and Minority Religious Symbols in the Public Sphere
University of Bologna; Johns Hopkins University - Bologna Center
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
September 28, 2010
Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 309
The main purpose of this essay will be to focus on certain key questions raised under the prevailing circumstances through a comparative analysis of the handling of the display of religious symbols in public places. These questions include: whether, assuming commitments to pluralism, multiculturalism and religious and non-religious comprehensive views, there may be ways to improve on existing models or to replace them with ones that are better suited to accommodate the new religious and political realities, and whether tolerance can be redeployed to buttress pluralism and to avoid falling into an irreconcilable conflict between religious fundamentalism and antireligious secularism.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: Hidjab, Islam, pluralism, secularism, veil, cross, crucifix, enlightenment, free exercise
Date posted: September 29, 2010
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