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Religious Freedom and Gay RightsEmerging Conflicts in the United States and Europe$
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Timothy Shah, Thomas Farr, and Jack Friedman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190600600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600600.001.0001

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At the Door of the Temple

At the Door of the Temple

Religious Freedom and the New Orthodoxy

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Religious Freedom and Gay Rights

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Oxford University Press

In recent years, religious freedom has been whittled down to an impoverished notion of “freedom of worship” in which one’s religious freedom stops, as it were, at the “door of the temple.” The effect, this chapter argues, has been to restrict a significant field of religious activity—in the public expression of religion, in civil society, in the marketplace, and in the political life of a nation. This contraction of religious freedom to a marginalized sphere of private “worship” has grave implications, the chapter warns, for the role of the democratic state, particularly in the United Kingdom. Properly understood, the state exists to facilitate society’s most basic institutions, such as the family and the Church, not to absorb them within its all-encompassing authority.

Keywords:   religious freedom, same-sex marriage, homosexuality, Christianity, Catholic

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