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The theme of this year’s UN Visak Day is “Buddhist Contribution to Building a Just, Democratic and Civil Society.” Yet Vietnam regularly imprisons religious activists who advocate for the government to uphold civil rights and religious freedom and implement democratic reforms.

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Just Limits on the Freedom of Religion

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But why is religious freedom so essential? Why does it merit such heightened concern by citizens and policymakers alike? In order to answer those questions, we should begin with a still more basic question. What is religion?

The Importance of Religious Tolerance In Our Society Today

When the US Congress passed the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998, it recognized that religious liberty and the freedom of conscience are in the front rank of the essential human rights whose protection, in every country, merits the solicitude of the United States in its foreign policy. Therefore, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, of which I became chair yesterday, was created by the act to monitor the state of these precious rights around the world.

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EEOC v. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 651 F.2d 277, 283 (5th Cir. 1981) (“[w]hile religious organizations may designate persons as ministers for their religious purposes free from any governmental interference, bestowal of such a designation does not control their extra‑religious legal status”).

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Guidance for government workplaces on the First Amendment religious free exercise issues, much of which is also useful for the private sector, is available in the Federal Workplace Guidelines, supra n.11; see also Brown, 61 F.3d at 658 (applying First Amendment test governing free speech of public employees to First Amendment free exercise claims, court balanced an employee’s right to free exercise with the employer’s interest in providing effective and efficient public services; public employee’s termination constituted both denial of religious accommodation under Title VII and violation of First Amendment Free Exercise Clause).

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United Parcel Serv., 94 F.3d at 318-20; compare Daniels, 246 F.3d 500 (police department may be able to demonstrate that allowing an officer to wear a cross on his uniform would give the appearance of public agency endorsement of the officer’s religious views, in violation of the department’s constitutional obligations, and therefore would pose an undue hardship under Title VII), cert. denied, 534 U.S. 951 (2001), with Draper v. Logan County Pub. Library, 403 F. Supp. 2d 608 (W.D. Ky. 2005) (public library employee’s First Amendment free speech and free exercise rights were violated when she was prohibited from wearing a necklace with a cross ornament).

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See EEOC v. Ilona of Hungary, Inc., 108 F.3d 1569 (7th Cir. 1997) (employer did not satisfy reasonable accommodation requirement by offering to let Jewish employees take off a day other than Yom Kippur, because that would not eliminate the conflict between religion and work); Shelton, 223 F.3d at 225 (citing Ansonia Bd. of Educ., 479 U.S. at 68-69) (employer’s accommodation of granting unpaid leave for religious observance instead of allowing use of paid personal days provided for in collective bargaining agreement (CBA), was a reasonable accommodation as long as use of the paid days was not allowed for all purposes other than religious ones); cf. Bruff v. N. Mississippi Health Serv., Inc., 244 F.3d 495 (5th Cir. 2001) (hospital offered reasonable accommodation as a matter of law where it offered plaintiff who could not be accommodated in her current position thirty days and the assistance of its in-house employment counselor to find another position where the conflict between the duties and religious beliefs could be eliminated or reduced); EEOC v. Universal Mfg. Corp., 914 F.2d 71 (5th Cir. 1990) (employer’s offer of five working days off or alternatively seven days off if employee worked one shift within that seven days, did not satisfy obligation to offer reasonable accommodation of her religious practice of refraining from work during seven-day religious festival, where employer did not show undue hardship).

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When asked whether they had discussed religion in the workplace in the past twenty-four hours, 48% of Americans answered yes. See George Gallup, Jr. & Timothy Jones, The Next American Spirituality: Finding God in the Twenty-First Century, at 72 (Cook Communication Ministries 2000).