An Unjust Dogma: Why a Special Right to Religion Wrongly Discriminates Against Non-Religious Worldviews
40 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2018
Date Written: 2017
In this Article, I argue that a special right to religious freedom is not morally warranted, and that hence such a right illicitly discriminates against non-religious worldviews. The principal argument here is that there is no adequate reason to think that religious worldviews implicate any interests distinct from those implicated by non-religious worldviews. While it is certainly true that religious worldviews warrant, as a matter of political morality, all the protections that non-religious worldviews receive, there is good reason to question what seems to have become a dogma among Western nations—namely, that religious worldviews deserve special protection.
Keywords: Religious Freedom, First Amendment
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