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The Paralyzing Paradox of Religious Neutrality


Steven Douglas Smith


University of San Diego School of Law

August 17, 2011

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 11-060

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This short essay discusses why the ideal of governmental religious neutrality is regarded as essential and axiomatic in a pluralistic liberal democracy, and also why the ideal is unattainable and incoherent. Revisiting earlier arguments and addressing new defenses, the essay was written to order as a contribution to a project-in-progress (a Blackwell series volume on religious liberty).

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: religion, First Amendment, constitutional law

JEL Classification: K10, K39

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Date posted: August 18, 2011  

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Smith, Steven Douglas, The Paralyzing Paradox of Religious Neutrality (August 17, 2011). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 11-060. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1911399

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