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The Imperative of Conscience Rights

December 4, 2018

Faith Communities

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This paper tackles critical but neglected questions affecting diverse societies today. What activity does freedom of conscience protect? Why protect this activity in a bill of rights? When can governments limit this freedom? Can governments pressure citizens to adopt beliefs against their conscience? How does freedom of conscience differ from religious freedom? What is the relationship between human dignity and freedom of conscience?

This paper grapples with the current relevance of freedom of conscience and makes the case for robust protection of this fundamental human right.

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