Is Freedom of Conscience Superior to Freedom of Religion?

23 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2017

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Rex Ahdar

University of Otago - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 17, 2017

Abstract

This essay explores whether claims that would otherwise be brought as religious liberty infringements are better reformulated and brought as violations of the right to freedom of conscience. Is there greater 'traction' for claimants in doing so given the increasing unpopularity of the label 'religion'?

Keywords: Religion, Conscience, John Locke, Roger Williams, Jeremy Waldron, Brian Barry, Exemptions, Accommodation

JEL Classification: K30, K38

Suggested Citation

Ahdar, Rex, Is Freedom of Conscience Superior to Freedom of Religion? (October 17, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3054348 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3054348

Rex Ahdar (Contact Author)

University of Otago - Faculty of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, Otago 9010
New Zealand

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