Religious freedom and equality as celebration of difference: a significant development in recent South African constitutional case-law
The constitutional right to practice one's religion … is of fundamental importance in an open and democratic society. It is one of the hallmarks of a free society.
There can be no doubt that the right to freedom of religion, belief and opinion in an open and democratic society contemplated by the Constitution is important. The right to believe or not to believe, and to act or not to act according to his or her beliefs or non-beliefs, is one of the key ingredients of any person's dignity.