freedom of thought

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Noun1.freedom of thought - the right to hold unpopular ideas
human right - (law) any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere (including rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of thought and expression and equality before the law)
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The ideas of religious liberty and freedom of conscience merely gave expression to the sway of free competition within the domain of knowledge.
Thus the church must both seek its own freedom and proclaim the freedom of conscience of all, whether or not such freedom has any immediate connection to the church's doctrine or practice.
Thus, the article of the Code of Administrative Responsibility on freedom of conscience and religious associations was amended.
The Conservatives and Liberals have allowed their MPs a free vote at this stage, but the Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, in an outrageous attack on freedom of conscience, has ordered his party not to vote for these amendments.
Locke may be the root of some of our contemporary missteps related to religious freedom, Malik says, because he conceived of liberty in terms of nonconformist congregations, rather than a more universal freedom of conscience.
However, when the premier of this province begins to take advice and aligns himself with gay activists while refusing to listen to the majority of the population, I believe the time has come to express our freedom of conscience.
1) Although the October Manifesto itself was extracted from an autocracy under duress, the imperial government's initial engagement with the idea of freedom of conscience thereafter was striking for its seriousness and depth.
Freedom of conscience and religion is the first of the fundamental freedoms named in Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Covering in turn church and state and robust religion within liberal democracy, she consider such topics as freedom of conscience and separating church from state, the Evangelical turn to conservatism, the Mobius strip, the New Evangelical landscape, and New Evangelicalism in practice.
16) As previously mentioned by the present writer, (4) when interpreting the freedom of conscience clause and terminations of pregnancy the courts may consider the World Medical Association's Declaration of Oslo, (17) because although it is not law and merely an ethical code, South Africa is a member of the World Medical Association and the South African medical profession should subscribe to its provisions.
However, I do believe that individuals should retain the freedom of conscience to decide if they consider such a lifestyle right or wrong.
Natural law" has little regard for free speech, freedom of conscience, or the right of individuals to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

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