Hans Michael Heinig

The Concept of Religious Neutrality Under German Constitutional Law. General Problems and Current Debates

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Keywords: Religious Neutrality; Religious Freedom; Federal Constitutional Court; Islam.

This article discusses the concept of religious neutrality in western democracies with a focus on Germany. After briefly outlining the past development and use of this term, it defines neutrality as a complex of normative ideals to resolve religious-ideological conflicts. It assesses the compatibility of that concept with a growing Islam and argues to neither abandon nor overstretch it but consequently apply the approved system under altered circumstances.

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