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Toward a Humanist JusticeThe Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin$
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Debra Satz and Rob Reich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337396

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337396.001.0001

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On the Tension between Sex Equality and Religious Freedom *

On the Tension between Sex Equality and Religious Freedom *

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(p.129) 7 On the Tension between Sex Equality and Religious Freedom*
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Toward a Humanist Justice
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Cass Sunstein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337396.003.0008

This chapter discusses the challenge that religious liberty poses to gender equality, a challenge that was central to Okin's rejection of a blanket endorsement for multiculturalism. This chapter argues that conflicts between sex equality and religious institutions are pervasive and create severe tensions in a liberal social order. The chapter attempts to show that neither liberal ideals nor the Constitution should be taken to absolutely forbid government from banning sex discrimination by religious institutions.

Keywords:   religious freedom, gender discrimination, equality of opportunity

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