Religion, Secularism, and the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program
(2014) 33(1) University of Queensland Law Journal 187-219
33 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2013 Last revised: 29 Jul 2014
Date Written: October 24, 2013
This article examines the structure and function of the Commonwealth of Australia's National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) in the context of an inquiry into whether the program should be considered religious, secular, or somewhere in between. The argument advanced is that changes to the program since its inception have rendered it incoherent in purpose and internally contradictory in design. Because of these flaws, the NSCSWP fails to effectively achieve legitimate policy goals. However, the Program can be redesigned to achieve its ends while simultaneously welcoming religious individuals and remaining faithful to a liberal vision of neutrality towards religion.
Keywords: Chaplain, Neutrality, Establishment, Religion
JEL Classification: I28, K10
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