What is secularism?

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Secularism is generally the assertion that certain practices or institutions should exist separately from religion or religious belief. Alternatively, it is a principle of promoting secular ideas or values in either public or private settings over religious ways of thought.

In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and freedom from the government imposition of religion upon the people, within a state that is neutral on matters of belief and gives no state privileges or subsidies to religions.  In another sense, it refers to a belief that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be based on evidence and fact rather than religious influence

The purposes and arguments in support of secularism vary widely. In European laicism, it has been argued that secularism is a movement toward modernization, and away from traditional religious values. This type of secularism, on a social or philosophical level, has often occurred while maintaining an official state church or other state support of religion. In the United States, some argue that state secularism has served to a greater extent to protect religion from governmental interference, while secularism on a social level is less prevalent. Within countries as well, differing political movements support secularism for varying reasons.
Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secularism
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The secularism that is a root of a systematized willingness to kill some sorts of weak and dependent people (Evangelium vitae, n. 21), or that takes an intolerant form in denying the legitimacy of using Christian criteria when making political decisions (Doctrinal Note on Participation of Catholics in Political Life n. 6), is not to be confused with healthy secularity or respect for the secular.

secularism (other meaning)

1)A position that religious belief should not influence public and governmental decisions

2)The related political belief in the separation of church and state
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Secularism is the rejection of any authority of any God and the superiority of human reasoning in solving the world's problems.

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SECULARISM MEANS THE COUNTRY DOES NOT HAVE ANY OFFICIAL RELIGION PROVIDED IN THE CONSTITUTION. ALL RELIGIONS ARE TREATED AS EQUAL &A PERSON IS FREE TO FOLLOW  OR PREACH ANY RELIGION BUT NOT TO CONDEMN ANYONE
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