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Secularism Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations

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  • a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations

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Secularism Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Secularism, also called Secularity or (adjectives: Secular or non religious) is the idea of something being not religious or not connected to a church. An example of this is the government, which is independent of any religion in many states. In some countries, such as Pakistan, Iran or Saudi Arabia, there is a state religion. In that case, the government follows the state religion. Another example is that of the United States: There, founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson made a law that religion and government should stay separate. This means that anyone can choose to practice or not practice any religion they want, and the government cannot make them be a part of a religion if they do not want to.

The opposite of this is called Theocracy: In a theocracy the priests of religion are the rulers of the country.

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  • Secularism means state shall not have religion of its own: VP
    Vice President Hamid Ansari today said that secularism implies that a state shall not have a religion of its own. His statement comes in the backdrop of an ongoing row between political parties over an advertisement issued by Information and Broadcasting Ministry which carried a picture of the Preamble to the Constitution as it appeared before the 42nd Amendment, Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'
  • Quebec presents motion on secularism and extremism
    The motion introduced Thursday aims to foster inclusion in Quebec, establish new measures to investigate discrimination and come up with more severe punishments. It will be brought forward at the National Assembly again next week after the government consults with the opposition. The declaration comes after more than a month of criticism from opposition member Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'
  • Revival of religion in public space a serious concern for Indian secularism, legal expert says
    A jurist who is also vice-chancellor of NALSAR University of Law in Hyderbad has called the resurgence of religion in public space represents a "serious concern" for secularism in India. Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'

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