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Single Idea 21020

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

Full Idea

The idea of equal respect is difficult or impossible to render compatible with a religious establishment, even one that is benign and noncoercive. Any established church (or government secularism) denigrates nonbelievers, by stating they are an out-group.

Gist of Idea

Any establishment belief system is incompatible with full respect for all citizens


Martha Nussbaum (Creating Capabilities [2011], 4)

A Reaction

This sort of applies to membership of anything. She is sort of right, but there is no reason in principle why full respect should not be accorded to any out-group.

Book Reference

Nussbaum,Martha C.: 'Creating Capabilities' [Belknap Harvard 2013], p.92