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Single Idea 19853

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 8. Religion in Society]

Full Idea

Tolerance should be shown to all religions which tolerate other religions, so long as their dogmas contain nothing contrary to the duties of a citizen.

Gist of Idea

All religions should be tolerated, if they tolerate each other, and support citizenship


Jean-Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract (tr Cress) [1762], IV.8)

A Reaction

Quite a good guideline for the attitude of western countries to middle eastern religious practices which arrive in their midst. Rousseau says the state has a minimal core religion (Idea 19852), which thus tolerates most other religions.

Book Reference

Rousseau,Jean-Jacques: 'The Basic Political Writings', ed/tr. Cress,Donald A. [Hackett 1987], p.227