121. Areas accorded a wide margin of appreciation.

The European Court of Human Rights has generally been inclined to afford states a wide margin of appreciation1 where the protection of morals is relied on to restrict a qualified Convention right2. The meaning of 'morals' is determined by the Court and does not extend to moral beliefs that conflict with the Convention rights, so the protection of morals cannot equate to the protection of narrow mindedness or intolerance3. States are also afforded a wide margin of appreciation in the context of the protection of religious sensibilities4. Where issues of national security are concerned the Court will afford states