Religious Accommodation

To accommodate a religion is to ‘make room’ for its practice. Accommodation is more specific in concern than the general idea that people should be free to pursue whatever religion they embrace. It arises from the possibility that a society’s or an organization’s rules will impact negatively on the practice of a religion, even though not by design. In that event, a special arrangement will be necessary if pursuit of the religion is not to be impeded or disadvantaged.

Accommodation is especially associated with exemption—the dispensation of religious adherents from the obligation to comply with a law or rule, so that they will not be disadvantaged or ‘burdened’ by it in ways that others are not. The issue of accommodation is especially likely to arise ...

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