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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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  • Will Pakistan survive?
    'Pakistan is paying the price for ignoring secularism. In seeking to be ever more Muslim to define its nationhood, it has become a terrorist haven.' Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'
  • France told to avoid 'secular war' after nativity scene ban sparks uproar
    French far-Right dub the decision to remove a crib from a nativity scene "stupid and blinkered secularism" Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'
  • Stick to secularism, Karunanidhi tells Modi
    DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday said instead of ‘hoodwinking the minorities’ in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take steps to ensure that India remained a secular nation.... Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'

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