Why is Inclusive Mosque so Afraid of Secularism?

Namazie, Maryam
http://maryamnamazie.com/why-is-inclusive-mosque-so-afraid-of-secularism/

Date Written:  19/11/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23103

Secularism is merely a framework that separates religion from the state to ensure that religion cannot influence the state and public policy and impose itself on private lives. After all, not everyone in a given society is a believer and even if they are, they don’t usually want the state to tell them how to believe. Only a secular framework can ensure the equal rights of all citizens before the law and not different rights for different categories of communalised groups. It is only a secular framework that can ensure one law for all via changeable laws made by people versus unchangeable ‘divine’ laws imposed by clerics. It is a secular framework which can allow for multi-ethnic, multi-religious and plural societies and is a minimum precondition for the rights of women and minorities. It is a secular framework that can ensure freedom of conscience, including freedom of and from religion.

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