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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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. They should, like anyone else, do so within the constraints of legality and civility.

End discrimination against nonreligious belief systems or organisations by ending their exclusion from:. 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.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Presumably Harris would not object to religious citizens exercising the same kind of democratic influence over law as that available to everyone else.

Secularism is not atheism lack of belief in God and nor is it humanism a nonreligious belief system. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Legislators may mnaifesto 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.

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Cease religious inculcation by the state by ending compulsory worship in schools and making religious education the study of what religions and other belief systems believe, rather than instruction in what to believe. It is a political movement seeking specific policy end-points. None of it engages with what families get up to in their home, or religious leaders within their own families. His point manifesto contains much that many citizens of religious faith could endorse: What kind of intellectual culture do we seek?


Nor does it involve the banning of religious opinion from the public square. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The intellectual has a right to publish books.

Nandy says, escularist be similarly plural and representative, irrespective of the person writing it. The dedicated do-good activist types, in particular, are generally without humor and find irony a hindrance to whatever noble cause they wish to espouse. Scholars have long been familiar with debates about text vs.

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Show 25 25 50 All. Why, for example, must a marriage registrar be legally compelled to perform a same-sex civil partnership ceremony against her religious wecularist when other colleagues are readily available to do so? This is essentially a summary of article 9 of manifezto European convention on human rights. 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:. Also published in Outlook magazine, at http: Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Should we be party to the epidemic of apologies that has snti the West and insist that Nandy take back everything he has said? End unjustified religious discrimination by: Protect free religious expression that does not directly incite violence or crimes against others or publicly and directly cause someone distress or alarm.

A secularist manifesto

The septuagenarian is a well-known social theorist, who has authored several books, including those on the psychology of violence and the politics of India. Allow for reasonable adjustment to cater for religious practice in employment or in facilities eg Sikh turbans in the police force, the hijab or kara in uniform policies, and prayer facilities in secularisg workplace but not to extend this to a blanket religious exemption based on subjective feelings, nor to impose religious practice on nonbelievers.

This article is closed for comments. 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.


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If you agree with only most of that manifesto, you may well be a vicar. For well over three decades, Nandy has been in the business, seularist we say, of unsettling received ideas, controverting the most established opinions, and deploying the tactics of a street fighter against institutionalized forms of knowledge.

The most eminent sociologist of the previous generation, the late M. Please Email the Editor. 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. Related Articles A unique communal harmony in Kochi. And as long as this is the case, the Indian Republic will survive.

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Show 25 25 50 All. Second, it fails to recognise that an effective right to “manifest” belief is not only individual but organisational. 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: 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.

He anri the attempt to prevent writers and intellectuals from expressing their views. This site uses cookies. In this way religious beliefs might shape the content of law just as secular humanist ones already do. Unfortunately, political parties and governments have repeatedly used history as a tool to tell their version of things.