Limits to Religious Freedoms and Fundamental British Values

Just as it is helpful to be reassured that the ‘other’ is not necessarily ‘all bad’, it is equally advisable to be alerted to the fact that (like some of the older religions) it may not be ‘all good’. It is worth considering the limits to which the right to religious freedom is subject according to both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. [7] Teachers should, furthermore, be aware of ways in which beliefs or practices of some religions are not always compatible with what have been termed Fundamental British Values. [8]

7. See Article 29 of the UDHR and clause 2 of Article 9 of the ECHR (quoted above)

8. Defined by Ofsted as: democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

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