The Social Equality of Religion or Belief

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Social equality of religion or belief protects individuals against discrimination related to their religious identity. It also requires the state to treat all religions and non-religious belief systems in a similar fashion, and to be even-handed in its treatment of religious identity, compared with other identities of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, disability or social caste. It is clear, fair, firm and flexible in its approach, and its principles can be applied to economic, legal, political or cultural issues. It offers to promote the integration of different religious communities within a liberal framework of equality and human rights. This book brings together a distinguished group of academics and practitioners to discuss the pros and cons of this approach and its influence to date on a wide range of issues concerning religion’s relation to the state both in Europe and in North and South America, including the next Coronation in the UK, the US and Canadian constitutions, the Catholic Concordat in Brazil, religious fundamentalism, same-sex marriage and ‘the impossibility of religious freedom’.The new perspective on religion and society is contrasted with existing doctrines such as constitutional separation, religious establishment, multiculturalism and secularism. This interdisciplinary volume will appeal to followers of religious studies, jurisprudence, philosophy, politics and social science alike.
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Dr. Alan Carling trained in mathematics and political science, and taught social sciences at the University of Bradford, UK. His publications related to social inequality and social change include Social Division (1991), and (with Marie Macey) Ethnic, Racial and Religious Inequalities (2011). Alan is involved with a number of community initiatives in Bradford.

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May 30, 2016
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Philosophy / Political
Philosophy / Religious
Philosophy / Social
Religion / General
Religion / Philosophy
Social Science / Sociology of Religion
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