Human rights: Freedoms of action to
every person should be entitled
Human rights are often held to include the individual's free access to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It includes equality before the law. Also
important are the
freedoms of thought and expression -- including religious freedom.
Unfortunately, the term "religious tolerance" has many meanings. On this
site, we define it as extending religious freedom to people of all religious
traditions, even though their beliefs and/or
practices may seem strange and untrue. Tolerance simply indicates respect for
the right of persons of all faiths to coexist in peace together without
oppression or discrimination.
Religious freedom, religious tolerance and human rights are interrelated.
Countries that exhibit religious tolerance will generally extend religious
freedom and rights to persons of all faiths.