Moral compass: a guide to religious freedom
From the New Humanist:
Is it legitimate to ban the burqa? Should an employee be allowed to wear a cross at work? Should gay marriage be legalised? Find your way through the ethical thicket with Kenan Malik's step-by-step guide to the logic of tolerance.
Should religions have the right to prevent the publication of cartoons or books or plays that are deemed offensive?
Is it legitimate for a state to ban the burqa?
Should an employee be allowed to wear a cross at work?
Should a Catholic adoption agency be allowed to turn away gay prospective parents?
Should Christian bed and breakfast owners be allowed to turn away gay customers?
Should gay marriage be legalised?
Look at these questions, concerning the scope, and limits, of religious freedom. How would you answer them? It’s easy to get lost in these debates, the competing claims of a commitment to the truth and the facts to personal freedom, make them especially thorny for secularists. To help we offer Kenan Malik’s step-by-step guide to finding your way through the ethical thicket. Follow his 18 steps and see if he has succeeded in changing your mind or clarifying your views – his answers to the questions are provided in point 14.