‘Just like by the ethically monistic character of certain theoretizations of Confucian democracy, expressive liberty is threatened by a Western “civic totalism” that – as Galston puts it – “tacitly views public institutions as plenipotentiary”.’
Read about the background of this development in my new blogpost for Leiden Law Blog: http://leidenlawblog.nl/articles/religious-freedom-eastern-ethical-monism-and-western-civic-totalism.
Last week I presented a paper during a conference on ‘Religion, Democracy, and Equality’, at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference was organized by the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) and cosponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, University of Virginia School of Law, First Freedom Center and The Institute of Bill of Rights Law, William and Mary Law School.
The keynote speech by Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, dealt with ‘Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Classical Human Right under Fire?’
For the full programme of the conference, a list of participants, as well as abstracts of the presentations, see the conference website at http://www.iclrs.org/index.php?contentId=2016&linkId=228&pageId=4.
Here you can also find my draft paper, entitled ‘Religious Pluralism, Eastern Ethical Monism and Western ‘Civic Totalism’.