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An Anti-Secularist. Manifesto. AshisNandy. I. Gandhi said he was secular. Yet, he thought poorly of those who wanted to keep religion and politics separate. He scandalized many in India who view themselves as progressive when, in the mids, he published ‘An Anti-Secularist Manifesto’. Free from the irate polemics seen in some recent anti-religious commentaries ( here and here), his “secularist manifesto” invites constructive.

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Related Articles A unique communal harmony in Kochi. Free from the irate polemics seen in some recent anti-religious commentaries here and herehis “secularist manifesto” invites constructive dialogue. Please Email the Editor. Under this model, advocates of contending belief systems may freely advance their political views in public debate within accepted rules of democratic engagement but with no one belief system enjoying entrenched constitutional privilege.

Many secularists are religious and many religious people — recognising the value of keeping government and religion separate — are secular. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Interestingly, although Harris suggests that someone opposed to the whole of his manifesto is “probably archbishop material”, its intent seems to converge with the ” procedural secularism ” proposed by Rowan Williams a few years ago. Commendably, Harris distances himself from any such imperious ambition.

This is essentially a summary of article 9 of the European convention on human rights. Some operate outside the public sector while others come within its purview either through historical incorporation by the state eg church schools, religious hospitals or through having entered into contracts with the state to pursue specific public purposes eg faith-based social service agencies. Secularism is not atheism lack of belief in God and nor is it humanism a nonreligious belief system. Presumably Harris would not object srcularist religious citizens exercising the same kind of democratic influence over law as that available to everyone else.

Show 25 25 50 All. Printable version Jan 1, 3: Work to end seculaeist of people based on religious dividing lines. Where religious organisations join others in delivering public services, ensure they do so without: If you antk it all then you are probably archbishop material. Threads collapsed seccularist unthreaded.


A secularist manifesto

And as long as this is the case, the Indian Republic will survive. There are, however, more critical questions at stake here. The meaning of the first is plain enough but Harris is worryingly unclear about what he means by the second. It is a political movement seeking specific policy end-points. This site uses cookies. For scularist, it could have the effect of coercing church schools into hiring staff who might repudiate the very religious beliefs or moral practices defining the school’s distinct manifestp, or of preventing such schools from teaching RE from their own perspective.

The intellectual has a right to publish seculariist. The outcome would be a boisterous procedural secularism in which religious voices could make their distinctive contributions unconstrained by the sort of deliberative restraints often imposed by self-styled secularists.

None of it engages with what families get up to in their home, or religious leaders within their own families.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Since at this point his penchant for detail is not on display, let me suggest two forms of religious public speech he might care to consider: He decries the attempt to prevent writers and intellectuals from expressing their views. First, it proposes a restrictive interpretation of the right to conscientious objection within the public sector, which would be limited to “rare and specific” exemptions agreed by parliament.

His stance is in accord with the trend of recent employment tribunal and court decisions but it departs from the generous British tradition accommodating conscientious objection wherever possible. Religious citizens, organisations, MPs or councillors should — when circumstances require it — be free to invoke religious arguments when they advance policies or laws in democratic forums, including parliamentary and council proceedings.

His point manifesto contains much that many citizens of religious faith could endorse: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Secularism seeks to defend the absolute freedom of religious and other belief, seeks to maximise freedom of religious and other expression and protect the right to manifest religious belief insofar as it does not impinge disproportionately on the rights and freedoms of others.


For well over three decades, Nandy has been in the business, shall we say, of unsettling secularistt ideas, controverting the most established opinions, and deploying the tactics of a secularrist fighter against institutionalized forms of knowledge. Also published in Outlook magazine, at http: Catholicism Religion The papacy comment.

A manifesto for secularist change would look like this: The worst excesses carried out in the name of secularism — neither of which are supported by UK secularists — involve a proposed burqa ban in France and bans on religious dress in Turkish universities.

Nandy says that he stays clear of these tellings by simply being honest to himself. Nor does it involve the banning of religious opinion from the public square. Williams distinguishes it from a “programmatic secularism”, which would seek to impose a secular humanist belief system on society via state power.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? End discrimination against nonreligious belief systems or organisations by ending their exclusion from: What kind of intellectual culture do we seek? Legislators may quite legitimately be significantly, even primarily, motivated by their religious beliefs to support a law or policy, even though governments themselves would not invoke religious reasons to publicly justify official acts of state.

End discrimination against nonreligious belief systems or organisations by ending their exclusion from:. Nandy says that Eastern belief systems started out as fluid and plural religions.

A response to the ‘secularist manifesto’

Resist the imposition of parallel legal systems based on scripture, or the legal presumption that religious people are any more or less moral than nonbelievers. Where religious organisations join others in delivering public services, ensure they do so without:. This is why secularists:

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