There is a widespread agreement in modern democracies that a state should not force its citizens to lead lives they do not endorse themselves. It is also generally agreed that state acts should not be justified by appealing to the authority of religious books. This kind of agreement is often reflected in key constitutional provisions regarding, among others, freedom of religion and equality rights. Claims relating to the agreement in question are often reformulated as holding that state action should be neutral with respect to the ideals of the good life, or that...
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