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.
Our 2020 Annual Conference was scheduled to be held at the University of Wrocław in Poland on July 9-11, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICON·S Executive Committee has decided to postpone our 2020 Conference to 2021. Our next Annual Conference will take place from July 8-10, 2021, in Wrocław, Poland.
Procedural details regarding the organization of the 2021 Conference will follow in the months ahead.Join ICON•S