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Article: Bias and Religious Truth-Seeking in Proselytization Restrictions: An Atypical Case Study of Singapore

TitleBias and Religious Truth-Seeking in Proselytization Restrictions: An Atypical Case Study of Singapore
Authors
KeywordsReligion
Law
Singapore
Proselytization
Religious Propagation
Religious Discrimination
Religious Freedom
Issue Date2013
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.bepress.com/asjcl
Citation
Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 2013, v. 8 n. 1, p. 21–85 How to Cite?
AbstractProselytisation restrictions are typically subjected to two objections.First, these restrictions curtail religious liberty and impede religious truth-seeking. Second, these restrictions tend to favour politically dominant religions and discriminate against minority religions. The restrictions on offensive religious propagation in Singapore thus present an interesting departure in which sanctioned religions are not politically marginalised religions, whereas protected religions include numerical minority religions that are socially, economically, and politically disadvantaged. This article utilises the atypical case study of Singapore to highlight the limitations of the two typical objections toward proselytisation restrictions. In particular, the emphasis on religious truth-seeking underpinning these objections is premised upon a distinct set of religious worldviews not shared by the majority of religions in Singapore. This article posits that if religious truthseeking is no longer the accepted normative goal, then there may be circumstances in which some limited and even-handed restrictions on offensive religious propagation are sufficiently justified on the grounds of social peace and harmony.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/193111
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dc.contributor.authorChen, J-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-18T02:47:26Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-18T02:47:26Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationAsian Journal of Comparative Law, 2013, v. 8 n. 1, p. 21–85-
dc.identifier.issn2194-6078-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/193111-
dc.description.abstractProselytisation restrictions are typically subjected to two objections.First, these restrictions curtail religious liberty and impede religious truth-seeking. Second, these restrictions tend to favour politically dominant religions and discriminate against minority religions. The restrictions on offensive religious propagation in Singapore thus present an interesting departure in which sanctioned religions are not politically marginalised religions, whereas protected religions include numerical minority religions that are socially, economically, and politically disadvantaged. This article utilises the atypical case study of Singapore to highlight the limitations of the two typical objections toward proselytisation restrictions. In particular, the emphasis on religious truth-seeking underpinning these objections is premised upon a distinct set of religious worldviews not shared by the majority of religions in Singapore. This article posits that if religious truthseeking is no longer the accepted normative goal, then there may be circumstances in which some limited and even-handed restrictions on offensive religious propagation are sufficiently justified on the grounds of social peace and harmony.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.bepress.com/asjcl-
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Journal of Comparative Law-
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at www.degruyter.com-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectReligion-
dc.subjectLaw-
dc.subjectSingapore-
dc.subjectProselytization-
dc.subjectReligious Propagation-
dc.subjectReligious Discrimination-
dc.subjectReligious Freedom-
dc.titleBias and Religious Truth-Seeking in Proselytization Restrictions: An Atypical Case Study of Singaporeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChen, J: jianlin@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1515/asjcl-2013-0024-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84890025908-
dc.identifier.hkuros228721-
dc.identifier.volume8-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage21-
dc.identifier.epage85-
dc.publisher.placeGermany-
dc.identifier.ssrn2367634-
dc.identifier.hkulrp2013/038-

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