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Church autonomy

2007

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Religion And Group Rights: Are Churches (Just) Like The Boy Scouts?, Richard W. Garnett Jan 2007

Religion And Group Rights: Are Churches (Just) Like The Boy Scouts?, Richard W. Garnett

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What role do religious communities, groups, and associations play - and, what role should they play - in our thinking and conversations about religious freedom and church-state relations? These and related questions - that is, questions about the rights and responsibilities of religious institutions - are timely, difficult, and important. And yet, they are often neglected.

It is not new to observe that American judicial decisions and public conversations about religious freedom tend to focus on matters of individuals' rights, beliefs, consciences, and practices. The special place, role, and freedoms of groups, associations, and institutions are often overlooked. However, if …