16th March 2009

“Secularism is not about being anti-religious, it is about civility and keeping people's faith, or indeed lack of it, separate from the workings of the state.”

Paul Pettinger

5 Responses to “16th March 2009”

  1. John Sutton Says:

    What does the phrase “keeping people’s faith” mean. It is such a loose term it might be taken to mean that I am expected to respect and tolerate all faith but I do respect the people who are infected. The rest is OK.

  2. John Sutton Says:

    Correction:

    What does the phrase “keeping people’s faith” mean. It is such a loose term it might be taken to mean that I am expected to respect and tolerate all faith which I do not but I do respect the people who are infected. The rest is OK.

  3. Please engage brain Says:

    Secularism is indeed about keeping religious affairs seperate from the workings of the state. However it’s unusual to find a secularist who isn’t an atheist and therefore anti-religious.
    I’m not sure what Paul Pettinger is getting at?
    btw, pls excuse my ignorance but who is Paul Pettinger? According to Wikipedia he used to be a Leeds Utd goalkeeper….

  4. Chris Says:

    America’s founding fathers were both secularists and believers in god. It can be done but it takes a degree of maturity that is hard to find these days.

    I read a good article today by Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald – there is hope:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/living/columnists/leonard-pitts/story/948713.html

    Pitts seems to be bemoaning the state of affairs. I, on the other hand, celebrate it.

  5. Larry Huffman Says:

    Most of the more influencial of the founding fathers only had a notion of god…they would not claim to outrightly believe in A god. They were deist.

    It is also very important to note that the god they believed in was nothing at all…not even close…to the chrisitan god. many of our more prominant founders had very harsh things to say about christianity and the chrisitan god.

    The god of the deist allows secularism completely. Not a balancing act at all. There is no personal god…just a notiuon that something or someone made us and plopped us here. It invites individual responsibility and freedom.