Definition of freedom of conscience in US English:

freedom of conscience


  • The right to follow one's own beliefs in matters of religion and morality.

    ‘a constitution guaranteeing freedom of conscience’
    • ‘We stand for respect for diversity, respect for freedom of conscience, the right to live free of fear and threat.’
    • ‘A definite political corollary of the new individualism in Europe was the growing call, especially by the time of the Enlightenment, for toleration and freedom of conscience in the public sphere.’
    • ‘Our foremost concern should be religious freedom and freedom of conscience.’
    • ‘Those societies respect freedom of conscience and religion.’
    • ‘The enemy is anybody or anything that takes away the freedoms that my father fought for in the Second World War-freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.’
    • ‘The most prominent examples of situations where Witnesses collectively have invoked freedom of conscience against the state have been war, flag saluting, and the right to proselytize.’
    • ‘On the surface he was an optimistic extrovert, preaching freedom of conscience and religion; but underneath he was a brooding pessimist, with intransigent, darkly mystical views about the drama of human history and sexuality.’
    • ‘He was convinced that the controversy was really about freedom of conscience, and his right not to be discriminated against on religious grounds.’
    • ‘The complexities of devising a universal instrument addressing freedom of conscience or religion appear to be considerably greater than for other, even closely related freedoms.’
    • ‘From her father Pauline learnt of the importance of education, freedom of conscience, civil and religious liberty and social reform, while she benefited from his openness of outlook.’
    • ‘Today - American Independence Day - symbolises the hope and idealism embodied in the US constitution, which protects democracy, equality, freedom of conscience and liberty.’
    • ‘Freedom of religion, or more broadly freedom of conscience, means that no person should be required to profess any religion or other belief against his or her desires.’
    • ‘So long as the states respect freedom of conscience and the right to worship or not worship as one chooses, what they otherwise do by way of ‘endorsing’ religion ought to be none of the federal government's business.’
    • ‘We take freedom of conscience for granted, because we belong to religious communities that have long affirmed this gospel lesson.’
    • ‘This refusal, this magazine's editors appropriately charged, is a ‘blatant assault on religious liberty and freedom of conscience.’’
    • ‘The Irish Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and the free profession and practice of religion.’
    • ‘The centrality of the principle of freedom of conscience to the Constitution as a whole is indicated by the fact that it is proclaimed in the very first sentence of the Bill of Rights.’
    • ‘What made religious toleration and later freedom of conscience possible in England was not theoretical argument but political necessity.’
    • ‘Even in societies like the United States that have long prided themselves on their commitment to individual liberties, the ideal of freedom of conscience has often been compromised in practice.’
    • ‘And by so doing, they made politically viable in this nation the principle of freedom of conscience and resisted the age-old tendency of governments to absorb religion into systems of state ideology.’
    freedom of worship, religious freedom
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