Religious Freedom and the Common Good: The Importance of Religious Actors and Ideas in Public Life
Author: Thomas Farr
February 23, 2017
In this report for Cardus Law, RFRP Director Thomas Farr traces the development of the idea of religious freedom in the American context from the founding days of the republic during the Enlightenment through to our times, contending that today the very acceptance of religious freedom as a core principle in our society is under threat.
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Farr offers a clear warning around the growing intolerance for religious freedom in the United States in the face of non-discrimination laws and a rejection of religious freedom as being intrinsically bound up in the common good. This state of affairs has led to a collective forgetting of what religious freedom means. It is an amnesia that is hindering the United States' ability to engage religion when it confronts it in the world of international affairs.