Title
The freedom of religion and the freedom of education in twenty-first-century Belgium: a critical approach The freedom of religion and the freedom of education in twenty-first-century Belgium: a critical approach
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Religious studies
Educational sciences
Source (journal)
British journal of religious education. - London
Volume/pages
38(2016) :3 , p. 308-324
ISSN
0141-6200
ISI
000382557400008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In spite of recent tendencies of secularisation and religious pluralism, most Belgian schools are Catholic schools, where Roman Catholic religious education is a compulsory subject. As we will argue, this can lead to a de facto undermining of the freedom of religion and education and a shift in the system is therefore required. In the long term, the number of Catholic schools should be in proportion with the number of students/parents choosing these schools. In the short term, however, this strategy is not recommended and for pragmatic reasons, we propose a system in which religious education in substantially subsidised faith-based schools is no longer compulsory. We will argue that such a system does not lead to an infringement of the (internal) freedom of religion of faith-based institutions and that it will guarantee more educational and religious freedom than the current system does.
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