The Distinctiveness of Religious Liberty

Victor M. Muniz-Fraticelli

McGill University - Department of Political Science; McGill University - Faculty of Law

July 29, 2011

The model of religious freedom in diverse liberal-democracies has been mistakenly incorporated into the multicultural paradigm. The wholesale incorporation of the religious liberty paradigm into the multicultural paradigm is an institutional, historical, and conceptual mistake, and it distorts our understanding of the institutions that enshrine religious liberty and underlie our justification of them. The Western paradigm of religious liberty is a complex product of diverse historical conflicts and political traditions, and only contingently overlaps the multicultural argument. The purpose of this essay is to differentiate religious liberty from multiculturalism as theoretical categories, and to at least identify some of the consequences of this differentiation.

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Keywords: religion, freedom, religious liberty, church, multiculturalism

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Date posted: September 4, 2011  

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Muniz-Fraticelli, Victor M., The Distinctiveness of Religious Liberty (July 29, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1921646 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1921646

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McGill University - Department of Political Science ( email )
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McGill University - Faculty of Law
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Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
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