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Freedom of Religion
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Freedom of religion is to be distinguished from religious → tolerance. Religious tolerance is accorded the followers of another cult, and of deviant conceptualizations of belief. Meanwhile, since the French → Revolution of 1789, religious freedom represents a constitutionally guaranteed right of every citizen, and is limited only by laws that are valid for every citizen. Article 18 of the United Nations' “Declaration of Human Rights” states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscie…

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Zinser, Hartmut, “Freedom of Religion”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 17 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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