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Why Tolerate Religion?$
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Brian Leiter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163543

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163543.001.0001

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The Law of Religious Liberty in a Tolerant Society

The Law of Religious Liberty in a Tolerant Society

(p.92) Chapter V The Law of Religious Liberty in a Tolerant Society
Why Tolerate Religion?

Brian Leiter

Princeton University Press

This chapter confronts the question of what to do about our Sikh boy and rural boy discussed in the introduction if there really is no reason to tolerate only the former's claim of conscience for carrying a weapon in places where that is ordinarily prohibited. It argues that both boys should be out of luck: that there should not be exemptions to general laws with neutral purposes, unless those exemptions do not shift burdens or risks onto others. It also considers whether the moral ideal of toleration, as articulated and defended in this book, is incompatible with state establishment or disestablishment of religion generally. The chapter argues that it is not, and that a tolerant state could, in principle, be either a religious or antireligious one.

Keywords:   religion, religious toleration, religious liberty, conscience, moral ideal

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