Monday, February 10, 2014

Secular State - Does It Mean It Is An Atheistic State?
How can we accommodate everybody in the state and give them equal space? How can we live together? Is it possible in the midst of diversity?
The reason for having a secular state was to have equal space for all, religious and non- religious.
Unfortunately the understanding of a secular state today is that it is an atheistic state. This led to discrimination against religious people in the state institutions like law and education. There is only place for religion in the privat life, but not in the state or the public space. Making the state atheistic does not give place for faith based communities.
The secular state should be neutral and give place for all equally.
Giving preference to one ideology over the other leads to injustice and inequality. The basic values of the state is the value of freedom, justice and equality.
We should have the golden rule of treating one another as we want them to treat us.

The state should provide security for the individual and participation and full citizenship in the state in spite of the background and provide freedom, justice and equality.
Freedom of thought, conscious and religion are basic for justice and freedom of speech and freedom of assembly and association are basic for equality.

We should not strip anyone from his or her civil rights.
The state values should be based on love not hate, faithfulness not corruption, truth not lies, equality not discrimination.
Laws based on freedom, justice and equality are key for living together.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”. Nelson Mandela
Kamal Fahmi
Set My People Free International 
Executive Director

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