n International Journal for Religious Freedom - The attack on Western religions by Western law - re-framing pluralism, liberalism and diversity
|Article Title||The attack on Western religions by Western law - re-framing pluralism, liberalism and diversity|
|© Publisher:||International Institute for Religious Freedom|
|Journal||International Journal for Religious Freedom|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Free State|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||111 - 125|
|Keyword(s)||Civic totalism, Civil religion, Constitutional theocracy, Definitions of liberalism, Diversity, Egalitarian absolutism, Freedom of association, Heterosexism, Holistic pluralism, Homophobia, Law and religion, Law as religion, Pluralism, Political theology, Transformative constitutionalism and Values versus virtues|
This paper discusses how law is increasingly being used to attack religious associations under the guise of "equality" advancement and "non-discrimination" restrictions. I explore two important insights: first that the concept of "transformation" has been distorted, to shelter approaches to law that fail to respect properly associational diversity. When misused, "transformation" seeks to change the moral viewpoints or religious beliefs of religious associations by force of law. Second, the paper discusses the expansion of law so that it becomes a threat to associations. The "goods of religion" and the "limits of law" need to be more widely recognized and understood both by religious communities and by those involved in law, politics and the media. These insights demonstrate how "equality activists" employ a rhetoric of "equality" to produce inequality, "diversity" to produce homogeneity and "non-discrimination" to discriminate against religious communities and religious beliefs. Several solutions for identifying these errors and resisting them are outlined in brief.
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