This chapter discusses the status of ministers of religion, the position of a religious person in a secular workplace, and the question of religious freedom and religious employers. Underlying these questions is a fundamental difference between secular and religious understandings of the nature of work. It argues that a liberal, pluralist, society can only flourish by permitting diverse groups within civil society, and that includes organizations that are religiously exclusive. Opponents in the debates about the application of equality norms to religious ethos employers have been, to a very large degree, talking past each other because of their fundamentally incompatible starting points about the nature of employment. For the religious person in secular employment, religious liberty has, in general, been poorly protected until recently.
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