challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur

Religion has to be subjected to criticism

The attempt to argue that the evil sides of religion are simply “not religious” is not convincing. Religion has to be subjected to criticism.

Intolerance not Restricted to Islam

What should be the state and society’s reaction to these assaults on the principle of freedom of speech by religiously motivated zealots?

Why Religious Education Should Not Be Exclusively Religious

In our ideologically divided world, there seems to be one conviction that atheists and believers subscribe: religion is back on the agenda.

Atheism as an Unpopular Position

It seems that the nature of the rejection of atheism has changed, but there still is, so it seems, a widespread condemnation of it.

Freedom of Expression and Religion: Salman Rushdie’s Critics

Rushdie was targeted not only by terrorists who wanted to punish him for his blasphemous novel, but also by public intellectuals.

What Judaism, Christendom, and Islam Have in Common: Theism

Judaism, Christendom, and Islam differ in some aspects. But none of these differences can hide the similarity in their understanding of God.

How to Modernize Religious Traditions

Moral autonomy and the rejection of divine command ethics are possible within the framework of a religious worldview.

Are monotheistic religions inherently violent?

That there is a “religion per se” apart from the social manifestations of that religion is simply presupposed by many people active in this debate.

Terror Has Already Led to Self-Restraint

Should artists and public intellectuals sometimes restrain themselves in criticizing religion, in particular radical Islam?

State and religion against the backdrop of religious radicalism

Under the present conditions of religious radicalism, the religiously neutral or secular state has better prospects than multiculturalism.