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Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion


How much religious freedom do we have in Europe today? Looking at jurisprudence from the European Court of Human Rights can reveal a side of Europe that some choose to overlook. There are cases regarding the veil, the burqa, and the freedom to wear religious symbols in public, but also cases of Christians being accused of infringing anti-discrimination laws, which threaten the right to religious freedom. It seems that the scope of freedom of religion is wider than Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.