26 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2011
Date Written: August 17, 2011
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).
Keywords: religion, First Amendment, constitutional law
JEL Classification: K10, K39
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Smith, Steven Douglas, The Paralyzing Paradox of Religious Neutrality (August 17, 2011). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 11-060. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1911399