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
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
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