This chapter is divided into the following sections: the illusion of neutrality, is the state self-sufficient?, and a common rationality. Democracy has resulted in the contemporary stress on human rights, which provide protection against the tyranny of the majority. Religious liberty has always been seen as one of the most prominent among those rights, going to the heart of what it is to be a human being, and being able to choose what kind of life to live. The first section argues that advocating neutrality restricts the scope of religion. The second section discusses that separation of religion and religious forms of reasoning, from any relevance to the public is far from neutral in its effects. The last section recommends that religious voices should be heard in a public debate about the proper basis for society.
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