challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur

Can democracy be exported to the Middle East?

The question is an old one, of course. Basically, it is the question of whether democratic values are ripe for export.

Freedom of Speech and Philosophers on the Index

Countless books now considered indispensable works of the Western tradition were for a long time suppressed by the Catholic Church.

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.

Moral and Political Secularism

The critic must be able to place himself or herself over against the religious tradition. That presupposes what may be called moral autonomy.

Advocates Are Fighting For A Burqa-Free Europe. Will They Get It?

Advocates for a burqa-free Europe have faced vigorous opposition from those who claim burqa bans encourage anti-Muslim stereotyping.

Why Are “Moderates” so Reluctant to Criticize Religion?

The outright rejection of the idea of scriptural authority seems to be more straightforward and intellectually promising than any alternative.

Freethinkers are right to contend that religion deserves to be criticized

Some people think religion has no real influence on what happens in the world. This group is composed of believers and unbelievers alike.

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.

From censorship by government to censorship by terrorism

The west has a long history of people getting into serious trouble for speaking ill of objects of religious veneration, even before Christianity.

Faith and Ethics: The Story of Jephtha

In an age of international religious terrorism divine command morality poses considerable problems for the maintenance of the political order.