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Religious Freedom in the Time of the Pandemic

Institute of Political Science and Public Administration, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Dewajtis 5, 01-815 Warszawa, Poland
Academic Editor: Paul Weller
Religions 2021, 12(2), 103; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12020103
Received: 4 January 2021 / Revised: 25 January 2021 / Accepted: 30 January 2021 / Published: 3 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
The subject of the paper is the issue of restrictions on religious freedom during the COVID-19 pandemic imposed by European countries. The period under examination covers the interval from March to December 2020. The issue is analyzed from the point of view of respecting human rights in a situation of conflict between the values of public health and religious freedom. In this context, the perception of importance and urgency regarding the values that should be protected and the concept of “essential goods”, which are understood differently in secular and religious perspectives, are of particular importance. Another essential issue is not only the scope but also the “depth” of state intervention in the life of religious communities. In Europe, there was a wide variety of national approaches to restricting religious freedom in order to ensure public health. Some of them pursued a very restrictive policy in this area, others moderate, and others very soft. One also could observe the difference in decisions made by most countries during the first and the second waves of the pandemic. A significant element enabling a possible evaluation of the applied solutions is the matter of their duration. Are the introduced limitations only temporary, implemented due to the extraordinary situation, or should they be view as a part of a “radical political experiment”, as a result of which the very understanding of religious freedom and its place in the hierarchy of human rights will change. The arguments of a philosophical, theological, legal and sociological nature are analyzed issuing methods appropriate to each of these disciplines. View Full-Text
Keywords: human rights; religious freedom; public health; pandemic; restrictions; discrimination; essential goods; Europe; France human rights; religious freedom; public health; pandemic; restrictions; discrimination; essential goods; Europe; France
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Mazurkiewicz, P. Religious Freedom in the Time of the Pandemic. Religions 2021, 12, 103. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12020103

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