I am Secular! (2 – 2)

Muawad Mustafa Rashid

Secularism Is Not Atheism

Atheism is a lack of belief in gods. Secularism simply provides a framework for a democratic society. Atheists have an obvious interest in supporting secularism, but secularism itself does not seek to challenge the tenets of any particular religion or belief, neither does it seek to impose atheism on anyone.

Secularism is simply a framework for ensuring equality throughout society – in politics, education, the law, and elsewhere – for believers and non-believers alike.

Secularism Protects Free Speech and Expression

Religious people have the right to express their beliefs publicly but so do those who oppose or question those beliefs. Religious beliefs, ideas, and organizations must not enjoy privileged protection from the right to freedom of expression. In a democracy, all ideas and beliefs must be open to discussion. Individuals have rights; ideas do not.

Secularism Is the Best Chance We Have to Create a Society in Which People of All Religions or None Can Live Together Fairly and Peacefully.

Contrary to those who describe secularism as atheism, secularism originated in the seventeenth century AD as a solution for those suffering from religious persecution in Europe.

Secularism does not mean atheism as many people think, but the neutrality of the state so that everyone enjoys the freedom of religion, belief thought, etc.

Secularism does not antagonize religions but protects religions and the freedom of the people to choose. They were safe in their lives, their freedom, and their possessions.

However, secularism does not allow religions to interfere in the work of the State apparatus so that it does not favor a religion at the expense of another. Those who associate secularism with communism are ignorant, they do not know secularism, they do not know communism, and some know but deliberately confuse the two to achieve personal goals.

We need to constantly raise awareness and remove the widespread misunderstanding of (secularism) in the minds of many that it is atheism or it promotes atheism, or force people to leave or change their religions and ideas or spread the disintegration and decay in society as promoted by some, either misunderstanding or a misunderstanding to deceive people and forced to embrace their ideas and advocate their orientations and parties!

There are secular Muslims, secular Jewish, secular Christian, and non-religious.

The faith of the secular may be better than the faith of those who classify his as infidelity because infidelity is a divine affair that only Allah the Almighty knows.

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