What is Secularism?

What is Secularism?


I define secularism as a notion whereby the legal and political references by which a state, or a community, is being run is not based on religion in any form or way. Secularism for me is a system of governance
and civic participation which overcomes this identification and offers a more neutral relationship
between the citizenship and the state. I think as not just the absence of religion
or ethnicity in political life, but a particularly active vision for not including religion and
ethnicity and other identity-based characteristics in public life, so it’s an active vision, not merely
the absence of particular identity categories. I believe secularism is the separation of
religious institutions and the state. One word, in my view, is nondiscrimination,
that is to say, nondiscrimination of the state vis a vis a constituency of citizens
of plural identities. Secularism is the separation of religion from
political affairs. Religious identities may
play a role in political life, but religious doctrine should not
inform legislation and should not be a source of rights. I have a very basic definition derived, I think, from an American
constitutional outlook, which is rooted in nonestablishment
state neutrality neither hostile, but definitely not in support of any one particular church or faith. For me, secularism is the space that allows people of different religions,
sectarian belongings, to actually find a shared common, a way of
being together, that would be more inclusive, and to which they can relate and organize
their daily lives. Secularism is a kind of freedom from religious
authority. I see it in my own experience as both an intellectual
and cultural freedom, where religion doesn’t
tell us how to live. I define secularism as the idea,
as a principle, that the state should not be defined by any particular religion, sect, or creed. For me, secularism means
the separation between religion and politics.

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