What is freedom of conscience? Is there such a thing and should there importantly be such a thing as freedom of conscience?
Let us begin with pointing out that there is no democracy and no open society without freedom of conscience. Freedom of conscience is absolutely essential for emancipation, freedom and democracy. That said does this however certainly not mean that freedom of conscience should be unlimited or unbound by law.
Freedom of conscience certainly does not imply a right to discriminate or mistreat others simply due to believing that this is somehow “right”. Freedom of conscience is precisely not merely performative but very much epistemological and ethico-political indeed.
For example, take the case of a medical professional refusing to perform abortions, does this fall under freedom of conscience? This depends on her motivations. If she does so because she believes a wrong is done to a sentient agent of cognition – i.e. against a person – then she should be entitled to refuse and should be given other assignments at her place of work. If however, she seeks to coercively impose her ideological, philosophical and/or religious views on her employer and patients alike is that quite another matter. This is in fact the distinction between ethical courage and medievalism. This distinction should furthermore become legislated so as to legally clarify the distinction between legitimate ethical courage on the one hand and coercive medievalism on the other.
Ethical courage should be encouraged in the system of education and indeed throughout society as a primary civic virtue. Ethical courage is essential for open society and liberal democracy; yet ethical courage is so very rare indeed and one reason is that social activists are generally coercively “protectively recruited” by the patriarchal intelligence world.
The question of freedom of conscience mostly pertains to emancipation or rather the lack thereof, yet not exclusively so. The fundamental problem here is that the general question of emancipation remains unlegislated, meaning that emancipation has remained legally incremental in time and space rather than being legislated as a general and universal legal matter.
This simply means that universal emancipation needs become legislated under ethical axiomatic law as supplanting unethical existing paragraphic law. Legislating the matter of universal emancipation means that further groups will be able to seek legal redress as regards structural oppression and institutionalized abuses of various kinds. It also means that it will not be possible to legislate law that runs counter to the legal axiomatic principle of universal emancipation.
Non-discrimination as regards freedom of conscience is both negative and positive in the sense as it is eminently unreasonable that an ethical vegan may become effectively forced to work in a slaughterhouse at the threat of being deprived of her unemployment benefits. Yet it is also positive in the sense that an employee should have no right to impose her views – however justified – on her employer; just as the employer should have no right to impose his own view on his employees.
Universal emancipation means of course that there will be no slaughterhouses and furthermore that abortion will be abolished and this will become implemented by means of universal introduction of plant-based food products and artificial uteri.
Once universal emancipation and a prohibition on structural oppression – whether economic, social or statist – have become universally legislated as binding international law will the question of the delimitation of freedom of conscience ultimately become a matter of judicial adjudication.
Freedom of conscience is hence very much essential but in order to encourage performance of freedom of conscience needs freedom of conscience become delimited by axiomatic law.
We need all become Rosa Parks and furthermore learn the ways of peace, love and understanding. Peace!
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