A Practical and Pragmatic Approach to Freedom of Conscience

24 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2013  

Martin H. Belsky

University of Akron - School of Law

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Using a series of anecdotes and illustrations, the author posits that freedom of conscience, broadly defined, can only be protected, if at all, by assertive individual and group action. Such action must be not just against government interference but also against non-governmental or private activities as well as intimidation. Professor Belsky urges individual balancing of the freedom of conscience and other legal, governmental and societal interests. This balancing is a form of “constitutionalism,” and when necessary must be followed up by enforcement through personal action.

Keywords: freedom of conscience, constitutionalism

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Belsky, Martin H., A Practical and Pragmatic Approach to Freedom of Conscience (2005). University of Colorado Law Review, Vol. 76, 2005; U of Akron Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2219463

Martin H. Belsky (Contact Author)

University of Akron - School of Law ( email )

150 University Ave.
Akron, OH 44325-2901
United States

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