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Challenges And Dilemmas

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The results of the debates of the authors are not easy solutions for the problems that arise from the right of freedom of religion. This chapter pays attention to specific items that were in debate because these are issues that challenge the authors reflection on freedom of religion and the role of governments and religions in their mutual relation. First of all, it is clear that freedom of religion is a basic right. It is a challenge for governments to understand what religion does to people. It is a challenge for politicians to understand how fundamental religion and its expressions function. It is also a challenge to understand that any - as such - futile aspect of religious expressions can become a shibboleth. It is a dilemma for lawmakers to balance between freedom of religion and raising conflicts due to limitations because these limitations restrict human dignity of the believers.

Keywords: freedom of religion; government; lawmakers; politicians



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