What are the legal, moral and political obligations that attend the relationship between government and private actors accepting public money while exercising their right to freedom of religion in a liberal democracy? Using a Canadian case study in which the federal government requires all fund recipients for a grant program to sign an attestation that they uphold the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and including reproductive rights, I want to outline the possible conditions in which the government may express its policies through funding requirements and inquire under what conditions can private groups get access to the money and yet refrain from endorsing government policy. One possible solution in order to maintain the value of pluralism and respect for freedom of religion is to ensure that the government may only require recipients to affirm mandated commitments when the government has no other alternative available in expressing its policy.
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