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Secularism Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    secularism n : a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations
Secularism Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Secularism \Sec"u*lar*ism\, n.
  1. The state or quality of being secular; a secular spirit; secularity.
  2. The tenets or principles of the secularists.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Secularism'


Secularism is the concept that government or other entities should exist separately from religion and/or religious beliefs.

In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and the right to freedom from governmental imposition of religion upon the people within a state that is neutral on matters of belief. (See also Separation of church and state and Laïcité.) In another sense, it refers to the view that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be based on evidence and fact unbiased by religious influence.

Secularism draws its intellectual roots from Greek and Roman philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius and Epicurus, medieval Muslim polymaths such as Ibn Rushd, Enlightenment thinkers like Denis Diderot, Voltaire, John Locke, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine, and modern freethinkers, agnostics and atheists such as Bertrand Russell and Robert Ingersoll.

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  • Can secularism benefit Malay-Muslims?
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  • Crime against secularism, Congress on Maharashtra Sadan row
    New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday criticised Shiv Sena MPs who allegedly forced a Muslim staffer at Maharashtra Sadan here to break his fast during Ramadan. "The incident is highly reprehensible," said Congress leader Manish Tewari. Another Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily said the incident was the biggest crime against secularism in the Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'

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