Be a Jew at home as well as in the street – religious world views in a liberal democracy.

In Wim Hofstee & Arie van der Kooij (eds.), Religion beyond its private role in modern society. Brill Academic. pp. 175-190 (2013)
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Can one expect religious minorities to be committed to a liberal democratic state? Can a democratic, Western, liberal state be open and safe for all – both ultra-orthodox and secular alike – and count on the allegiance of all? Does this require that religious minorities ‘hide’ their religious identity and conform to prevailing laws and customs and express their religious views and practices only in the privacy of their own homes? Or should minorities request that they receive public recognition? Ought such minorities tolerate opposing views and practices on matters that are central to their faith, or should they request that these are not expressed in public? In this paper, I discuss and evaluate four possible responses to these questions.

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Bruno Verbeek
Leiden University


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