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    Religious Freedom in the Liberal State.Rex J. Ahdar & Ian Leigh - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
    To what extent should states accommodate religious liberty claims? Can the pluralist state be neutral between religions and secularism? This book explores contemporary legal controversies regarding the protection of religious liberty from a theoretical and comparative perspective, looking at issues such as family and parenting, medical treatment, education, employment, religious group autonomy, and freedom of expression.
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  2. Is Secularism Neutral?Rex Ahdar - 2013 - Ratio Juris 26 (3):404-429.
    This article argues that secularism is not neutral. Secularization is a process, the secular state is a structure, whereas secularism is a political philosophy. Secularism takes two main forms: first, a “benevolent” secularism that endeavours to treat all religious and nonreligious belief systems even-handedly, and, second, a “hostile” kind that privileges unbelief and excludes religion from the public sphere. I analyze the European Court of Human Rights decision in Lautsi v Italy, which illustrates these types. The article concludes that secularism (...)
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    Adrift in a sea of rights: a report prepared for the New Zealand Education Development Foundation.Rex J. Ahdar - 2001 - Christchurch, N.Z.: New Zealand Education Development Foundation.
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    Indigenous Spiritual Concerns and the Secular State: Some New Zealand Developments.Rex Ahdar - 2003 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 23 (4):611-637.
    This article explores the recurrent global claim by indigenous peoples for their spiritual concerns to be taken seriously and given appropriate effect in public policy. The secular liberal state's commitment to ideals of religious neutrality and equal treatment of all faiths and none is clearly tested to the degree it privileges traditional indigenous religion in the name of fostering indigenous culture. This dilemma has been acutely raised in New Zealand where Maori metaphysical concerns—the appeasement of taniwha (spiritual monsters) and the (...)
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