Freedom of religion and a debate on religious conversion by P. D. Mathew

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Published by Indian Social Institute in New Delhi .

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  • Conversion -- Christianity.,
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  • India -- Religion.

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With reference to the Indian scene.

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StatementP.D. Mathew.
SeriesLegal education series ;, no. 57, Legal education series (New Delhi, India) ;, no. 57.
ContributionsIndian Social Institute.
LC ClassificationsBL2003 .M36 1999
The Physical Object
Paginationiv, 117 p. ;
Number of Pages117
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL160753M
ISBN 108187218142
LC Control Number99936588

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In discussions about religious freedom in India, the country’s conflict regarding conversion plays a central role.

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However, this recommendation was not made applicable to States that have a Freedom of Religion Act (which are essentially anti-conversion laws). States against conversion for the sake of marriage: Even though Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and Karnataka have spoken about a separate enactment, at least two States have legal provisions to the effect.

Religious Freedom Debate: Liberty To Some, Anti-Gay Discrimination To Others A showdown may be coming on the meaning of religious freedom, and LGBT advocates fear anti-discrimination protections. The Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act,and the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act,both prohibit conversion by misrepresentation, force.

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The Constitution provides for the freedom to practice the rights of one's religion and faith in accordance with the customs that are observed in the kingdom, unless they violate public order or morality. The state religion is Islam. The Government prohibits conversion from Islam and proselytization of Muslims.

Religion discourages free inquiry and restricts freedom of thought, by encouraging the idea that fundamental answers can only be found in a fixed and specific book or belief system.

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There is no law in India that prevents voluntary religious conversion for the sake of marriage or other reasons. Article 25 of India’s Constitution guarantees citizens freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion. India’s Freedom of Religion Acts or “anti-conversion” laws are state-level statutes that have been enacted to regulate religious conversions.

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The bedrock of the Islamic case for religious liberty is the Qur’an’s vision of the human person. The Qur’an’s anthropology”which is shared by Christianity and Judaism”views every human being as a creation of God, blessed with intellect and free.

Indian States Weigh Outlawing Religious Conversion for Marriage [the freedom of religion and the freedom to choose a life partner] remain mandated,” said Shamshad. its planned nationwide National Register of Citizens,” a report by the independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom states.

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Danchin's publications include, among others, Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe () and "The Emergence and Structure of Religious Freedom in International Law Reconsidered" (Journal of Law and Religion, ). He also is a scholar with the Henry R. Luce Foundation-funded "Politics of Religious Freedom."While one has the right to adopt any religion, conversion by force, inducement, etc.

are not tolerable. The Right to Freedom of Religion Bill will be brought in, in which there will be provisions against conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage, or any fraudulent means," Khattar was quoted as saying.

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