Religious Difference, Law, and the Silences of Multiculturalism

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Fall/ Winter (2021) Canadian Issues/Themes Canadiens 58-63


Multiculturalism depends for its cogency and normative appeal on a particular vision of the character and operation of law. That this understanding of the character of law in a liberal constitutional order is fundamentally naïve does not compel the abandonment of the goods associated with multiculturalism, particularly when compared with many of its historical alternatives. It is, however, cause for demanding clear-sightedness about what the limits – both descriptive and prescriptive – of multiculturalism in certain domains may be.

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