Two Errors in Relation to Respecting Religious Rights: Driving a Wedge between Religion and Ethics/Morals and Treating All Kinds of Religious Employers the Same
Iain T. Benson
University of the Free State - Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law
August 1, 2012
Canadian Diversity, Vol 9:3 Summer 2012
This article argues that “creed” and religion should be understood as something that informs what a person takes into the public and that necessarily includes beliefs that may (and often do) influence “morals and ethics” and even “politics.” Second, religion may be diminished because, with respect to religious employers, there has been insufficient attention to the kind of religious project that is at issue when an employee challenges the employer’s religious rules. The focus has been, in some cases, on the kinds of job duties rather than the nature of the religious association or project itself. An approach to the latter, called by some and “organic” approach views religious projects as wholes and does not subordinate them to an unduly individualistic reading in the way that “job parsing” tests do.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: diversity, equality, pluralism, Freedom of religion, liberalism, accommodation of religion
JEL Classification: K12, K39, Z12
Date posted: November 7, 2012 ; Last revised: March 19, 2015
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