When the genuineness of a claimant's professed belief is an issue in proceedings1 the court will inquire into and decide this issue as a question of fact2. This is a limited inquiry in which the court is concerned to ensure an assertion of a religious or philosophical conviction is made in good faith3: it is not for the court to embark on an inquiry into the asserted belief and judge its 'validity' by some objective standard such as the source material upon which the claimant founds his belief or the orthodox teaching of the religion in question or the
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