Protecting the right to live according to one’s conscience
Individual religious freedom — akin to “freedom of conscience” — is the human right to believe, express beliefs, and act according to the dictates of an individual’s conscience. Religious freedom does not merely enable us to contemplate our convictions; it enables us to execute them. Because of this, religion cannot be confined to the sphere of private life. Religious freedom protects the rights of individuals to observe their faith at all times–whether at work, at church, in the town hall, in the newspaper column, or elsewhere in the public sphere. Becket defends the right of all individuals to live according to their consciences without government coercion.
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