Justice in education and religious freedom

Social Philosophy and Policy 31 (1):276-294 (2014)

Jon Mahoney
Kansas State University
This essay examines religious freedom in the context of education policy. I defend an approach that serves the aims of both religious freedom and adequate education requirements. The permissive view of religious exemptions endorsed in American law sometimes lends support to objectionable education policies. The alternative I defend opposes granting exemptions to education policy, religious or otherwise, when doing so will deprive students of an education that permits entry to higher education or to a meaningful range of opportunities in the labor market. Yet when there are policy options that accommodate concerns of religious citizens that do not result in objectionable compromises on education standards, we should favor them.
Keywords Religious Freedom  Education  Equality
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DOI 10.1017/s0265052514000168
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