Protecting Religious Freedom under Bills of Rights: Australia as Microcosm
P. Babie and N. Rochow (eds), Freedom of Religion under the Bill of Rights', University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide 190-215
12 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2012 Last revised: 31 Aug 2012
Date Written: August 22, 2012
While the world undergoes a religious revival, the protection of religious freedom, particularly of minority religious groups, seems increasingly under threat. Most religious scholars report that religious liberty is ‘treading water at best, retreating at worst’. According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, nearly 70 per cent of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in countries with high restrictions on religion. Religious constraints take two forms: ‘official curbs on faith and ... hostility that believers endure at the hands of fellow citizens’. All of this is troubling, especially in light of the fact that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), one of the great international breakthroughs in the protection of human rights, came only in the last century.
Keywords: religion, law and religinon, religious freedom, protecting religious freedom
JEL Classification: K39
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