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← The spectre of militant secularism

Dr. Chad's Avatar Jump to comment 33 by Dr. Chad

Militant secularism or atheism has a specific meaning. From the Jacobins through to the communists, militants murdered priests or sent them to camps, and destroyed churches, synagogues, mosques and temples.

I disagree with this definition. Secularism is a strict lack of opinion on religious matters; a "no comment". What this describes is strong anti-theism by the state. It is very much an opinion on religions, and is very much against their practice.

Militant secularism makes no sense. It would mean a very extreme "no comment". It would be more accurate to describe it as is believing in secularism so strongly that you are willing to not comment on blowing up buses or flying planes into buildings.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:12:59 UTC | #928769