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Secularism and Misconception


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#1    rimbaudelaire

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:30 PM

My Take: The five biggest misconceptions about secularism

By Jacques Berlinerblau, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Jacques Berlinerblau is associate professor of Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. His book, How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom has just been released.

As far as the Republicans are concerned, President Barack Obama is secularism’s go-to guy in Washington. Newt Gingrich refers to him as a “secular-socialist.” Mitt Romney chargesthat his opponent advocates a “secular agenda.” And Rick Santorum frets that Obama is imposing “secular values” on “people of faith.”

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jacques Berlinerblau.

http://religion.blog...rism/?hpt=hp_c1

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Although this commentary is quite Ameri-centric, I don't think it'll hamper discussion.

IMO, Dr. Berlinerblau summarized the issues well. My question: Is it possible, even in "precise terms," to think that secularists and non-secularists can find reconciliation?

What are your thoughts? Questions? Answers?

Edited by Saru, 07 October 2012 - 03:02 PM.
Reduced length of quoted material - please do not copy and paste whole articles.


#2    markdohle

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:17 PM

I am all for separation of church and state.  That means that the state can't force religious hospitals to do what goes against their religious mandate, it also means that religious people can't demand that the state favor their agenda over others.

This was well said, thank you for posting.

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