By: Carmel U. Chiswick
Whether religious freedom is “good for business” depends on whether a country’s “business” is characterized by economic freedom. Economic freedom requires that people can choose their employer or start their own business, that people can quit their jobs, and that businesses can fail. Similarly, religious freedom requires that people can choose their affiliation, can switch affiliations, or can opt not to affiliate at all. Anyone can start a new congregation or even a new denomination, and “unsuccessful” religious institutions are permitted to fail from lack of adherents.