Enabling Exit: Religious Association and Membership Contract

This paper investigates the right of exit from religious associations. The liberal state has a compelling interest in overseeing exit, even if it implies some loss in religious group autonomy. Members should not be bound by rules they find unconscionable. They should be free to leave and able to do...

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Published in:Ethical theory and moral practice
Main Author: Rouméas, Élise
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V [2020]
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In: Ethical theory and moral practice
Year: 2020, Volume: 23, Issue: 5, Pages: 947-963
Further subjects:B Right of exit
B Contract
B religious association
B Religious group autonomy
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Summary:This paper investigates the right of exit from religious associations. The liberal state has a compelling interest in overseeing exit, even if it implies some loss in religious group autonomy. Members should not be bound by rules they find unconscionable. They should be free to leave and able to do so. To enable exit, the paper advocates the use of membership contracts. Religious associations should issue a contract for members working for, residing in, or donating money to the association under a regime of legal exemptions. The membership contract publicises the right of exit and offers a basis for negotiating and contesting its terms. It makes exit less “unthinkable” to members and helps tackle unreasonable economic costs to exit.
ISSN:1572-8447
Contains:Enthalten in: Ethical theory and moral practice
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s10677-020-10119-7