Religious freedom is not a subsidiary right to be granted grudgingly when all other human rights have been satisfied. Rather, it is an intrinsic good that needs to be recognised and celebrated. In the words of Canadian Minister John Baird, that “societies that protect religious freedom are more likely to protect other fundamental freedoms.”
Our work has focussed on the proper contours of religious (not just Christian) freedom, arguing that, despite the inevitable tension and compromises that are demanded in a plural society such as contemporary Britain, there can be no strict division between private and public values. It is precisely by allowing people to draw, honestly and openly, on their personal commitments, that public life is revitalised and an open society protected.
Thomas Andrew explores the forgotten Christian contributions to our most iconic legal document - Magna Carta
Andrew Caplen and David Mcllroy write on the rule of law and access to justice.
Nick Spencer cuts through the complexities of religion and law to give a clear and judicious overview of what is at stake.
Sixteen legal experts explore the often fraught relationship between religion and law in Britain today.
This report discusses religions freedom in a liberal society.