Spirituality, human rights and religious truth
Two meanings of religious freedom & liberty:
1. Freedom of beliefs, speech, & practices and
2. Freedom to restrict services to, to hate, to
or to oppress others.
About the meanings of the terms "religious freedom" and "religious liberty:"
These terms once always referred to an individual's freedom of religious belief, of religious speech, and of religious practice. The individual believer was the target of oppression by others. That is the meaning that we generally use on this web site.
However, in recent years, the terms seem to be taking on a new meaning: the religious freedom and liberty of a believer to hate, oppress, denigrate, or reduce the human rights of other groups. Now it is the believer who is the oppressor and others who are the target. This new meaning is becoming increasingly common. It appears that this new meaning is begin driven by a number of factors:
Topics covered in this section:
Information about the two meanings of "religious freedom:"
Four examples of the conflict:
Two legal cases involving the freedom of religious belief/expression; two involving the freedom to denegrate or refuse to work with others:
Part 1 Part 2
The new meaning of the term:
The freedom to discriminate and oppress others on religious grounds << Sadly, a large & growing section
|Status of religious freedom:
||Statements, speeches, petitions, etc. on religious freedom and tolerance:
|In the United States:
| laws and regulations guaranteeing, limiting, or promoting religious freedom:
Paraphrased, with changes, from Forum 18 at:
- Jill Lawless, "Christian employee discriminated against for wearing crucifix, court rules," Associated Press, 2013-JAN-15
Copyright © 2006 to 2013 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2006-NOV-05
Author: B.A. Robinson