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Religious Rights and Involuntary State Institutions in Democratic Countries: On Evenhandedness and Ecumenism in Militaries

Department of Political Studies, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan 5290002, Israel
Religions 2019, 10(10), 556; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10100556
Received: 4 September 2019 / Revised: 19 September 2019 / Accepted: 20 September 2019 / Published: 26 September 2019
Militaries present a difficult challenge for scholars interested in navigating the complex demands of religious liberty and religion-state relations. The reason is that the most familiar features of religion-state relations in liberal countries—governmental non-interference and the structure of religious associations as voluntary associations—are incompatible with the structure of militaries as involuntary organizations that are nonetheless highly important institutions in even liberal-democratic countries. How should scholars accustomed to the liberal framework going back to Locke, hence, theorize the desirable religious-institutional state of affairs within involuntary institutions such as militaries? As the governmental non-interference model is inadequate, the argument to be presented here is that the involuntary nature of militaries presents the liberal-minded theorist, with unusual dilemmas, and hence would make two models most adequate for a religious-institutional state of affairs within militaries: evenhandedness (or multiple establishments) and ecumenism, a somewhat unusual category. View Full-Text
Keywords: military; religion-state relations; liberalism; rights; ecumenism; even handedness; IDF; chaplains military; religion-state relations; liberalism; rights; ecumenism; even handedness; IDF; chaplains
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Perez, N. Religious Rights and Involuntary State Institutions in Democratic Countries: On Evenhandedness and Ecumenism in Militaries. Religions 2019, 10, 556.

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