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The freedom of religion and the freedom of education in twenty-first-century Belgium: a critical approach
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
British journal of religious education. - London
Publication
London : 2016
ISSN
0141-6200
Volume/pages
38:3(2016), p. 308-324
ISI
000382557400008
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UAntwerpen
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