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← Religious freedom and religious privilege

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Comment 10 by Zeuglodon

If the teacher refutes creationism, she's making a scientific claim, and is therefore doing her job

In a secular system, a teacher can't mention creationism in a science lesson. That's what secularism means.

I think you're confusing "government has no religious influence in it" with "government has no influence on religion". The definitions of secularism simply say that if a citizen wants to follow Religion X, then be it on his or her own head. Their actions still come under state law.

Yes, but governments can't criticise their actions on the basis of religion.

I thought the idea of a democracy was that the majority got the clout. If a belief system has enough believers to be a force to be reckoned with, I'd say that's pretty much democracy at work.

No, that's not democracy. Democracy should mean that people get representation according to their numbers. There can be any number of people who have one belief, but that belief won't get clout unless it is religious. Also, religious groups aren't democratic. Churches can be like unions that don't hold ballots.

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 05:44:52 UTC | #919891