Secularism is NOT atheism. Do not mix them up, please.

Ok. This video may annoy many but he’s correct.

Secularism is not atheism. I believe in secularism for pluralistic societies but I am not, nor have I ever been, atheist.

It’s becoming a lost distinction and it’s rather a shame because political secularism is freedom *for* religion.

But in today’s world, it gets all muddled up. Mixed together. Confused.

The two words get used as synonyms, both among those who are in the New Atheist movement (which is distinct from atheism itself, which has a simple dictionary definition without all the recent baggage and politicking) and among many religious people as well.

But they are both using it wrong.

Secularism is not about abolishing religion. The ultimate aim of secularism is not atheism.

Political secularism has a simple aim: Govern the people.

Mixing up the terms of atheism and secularism is, imo, a bad thing.

It’s invasive and intrusive into people’s lives.

Now, WITHIN religious contexts, secularism has a slightly different purpose. It means “worldly”. So within a religious context, “fighting against secularism” means fighting WITHIN YOUR OWN RELIGIOUS CONTEXT against one’s _own_ worldly vs spiritual needs.

For that religious group. Within that religious group.

Now there’s talk in politics that’s common. “God fearing nation”. “Christian nation”. Whatever. These are political rallying words to make people go “yay!”

So, whatever. They don’t bother me as long as their politics _aren’t_ establishing official religion, or interfering with the religious worship and beliefs of others. You may disagree and make a fuss over “under God” on money. That’s fine. I don’t care of it’s there or not either way but if it’s interfering with your freedom to practice your religion, well then sure, say something. It doesn’t matter to me either way but if that’s a beef with you, go ahead and fight it.

The thing is, the lines have to be clear on all sides of the argument and things not oversimplified. Muddling them up is not a good thing for anybody.

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