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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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  • Comment on Why is secularism a ‘non-argument’? by good coolie
    The more the anti-secularistic fulminations, the easier it is for extremists to take control of Malaysia. UMNO can never be more "Islamic" than PAS no matter how many experts UMNO invites from the Middle-East. This is because PAS copies the life-style of the early days of Islam whereas UMNO tries to create a modern Islamic country of which UMNO itself do Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'
  • Secularism has delivered good results for India: Dalai Lama
    Hailing secularism in India, the Dalai Lama on Monday urged all Indians to "preserve" it. Though he pointed out that there are some “mischievous elements”, these should not come in the way of people from all religions living together in harmony. Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'
  • MP laments erosion of Nehruvian values
    P.K. Sreemathi, MP, has said that the country is experiencing an erosion in Nehruvian principles that upheld secularism and democracy. Inaugurating a seminar on ‘Secularism and nationalism: Nehru’s... Read more on this news related to 'Secularism'

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