Multicultural Equality

Posted on Thursday 21st March 2013

Is Multicultural Equality Compatible with an Established Religion or Religions?

Prof Tariq Modood lecture- Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory

University of Ottawa, Simard 125

Thursday, 21 March, 3:00- 4:30 pm


Abstract: I want to explore two intersecting tensions. The first is to do with liberalism and multiculturalism. The second is to do with the nature of the secular state in western Europe. While many liberals believe that the state should be neutral on matters of the good and culture, and above all on religion, multiculturalists hold that the state should not be blind to difference. Indeed, it should actively play a role in constructing and promoting a multicultural national identity in which minority identities are respectfully included. If this includes minority religious identities then multiculturalism must be opposed to radical secularism. Luckily for multiculturalists in western Europe, where all states support one or more version of Christianity, radical secularism is not the dominant mode of political secularism. So, is multicultural equality compatible with an established religion or religions? Might it to be more inclusive to pluralise the state-religion connections than to sever it?


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