State-religion separation and liberal-democratic ideals

19 Apr 17

State-religion separation and liberal-democratic ideals

Professor Cécile Laborde explores whether it is a mistake to assume that liberal democracy requires a strict separation of state and religion.

Cécile Laborde, Professor of Political Theory and Nuffield Professorial Fellow, has written a blog for the London School of Economics entitled "Is the liberal state secular? How much state-religion separation is necessary to secure liberal-democratic ideals?"

She writes, "Just as secularized majorities can impose their own conception of the boundary between state and religion, so can religious majorities, provided they honour the other three liberal principles of accessible justification, civic inclusiveness and individual liberty." The blog is based on Laborde’s book, Liberalism’s Religion, in which she argues that a simple analogy between the good and religion misrepresents the complex relationships among religion, law, and the state.

The full blog can be read here: