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What’s so special about God?

By Nigel Warburton   March 2010

Everyone is equal before the law—almost. Britain’s first Asian judge Mota Singh suggested in February that it could be discrimination to prevent young Sikhs wearing their ceremonial kirpans to school, despite a general ban on carrying daggers. The Pope, limbering up for a tussle with liberalism when he visits Britain in September, exhorted Catholic bishops to oppose “with missionary zeal” a tightening of equality laws that would have required religious organisations to stop discrimination against gay and transgender candidates for jobs.

Enforced equality invariably curbs liberties. But are there any philosophical grounds for exceptions? Immanuel Kant believed that one must…

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