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A Transformative Theory of Religious Freedom: Promoting the Reasons for Rights

Political Theory, Vol. 38, No. 2, April 2010

41 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2010  

Corey L. Brettschneider

Brown University - Department of Political Science; Fordham University School of Law

Abstract

Religious freedom is often thought to protect not only religious practices but also the underlying religious beliefs of citizens. But what should be said about religious beliefs that oppose religious freedom itself or that deny the concept of equal citizenship? The author argues here that such beliefs, while protected against coercive sanction, are rightly subject to attempts at transformation by the state in its expressive capacities. Transformation is entailed by a commitment to publicizing the reasons and principles that justify the basic rights of citizens.

Keywords: Free Exercise, Religious Freedom, Liberalism, Rights, Rawls, First Amendment

Suggested Citation

Brettschneider, Corey L., A Transformative Theory of Religious Freedom: Promoting the Reasons for Rights. Political Theory, Vol. 38, No. 2, April 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1687409

Corey Brettschneider (Contact Author)

Brown University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 1844
Providence, RI 02912
United States

Fordham University School of Law ( email )

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New York, NY 10023
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