Which Model, Whose Liberty? Differences Between US and European Approaches to Religious Freedom

October 11, 2012

In the United States and Europe, religious freedom has become a dynamic, controversial, and terribly important issue. In this conference we engage a number of allied questions. Is there a “Western model” of religious liberty? What are the historical and contemporary differences in how religious freedom was conceived and implemented on both sides of the Atlantic? What is so special, if anything, about religion anyway? Does the privileging of religion harm non-religious groups? And who decides?

Through this conference, the Religious Freedom Project—in partnership with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University's School of Law—provided a forum for a vigorous, thorough, scholarly (but not bookish!) airing of these topics from multiple points of view. 
This report is an edited transcript of that conference.



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