A few days ago, I wrote an article labeled “is secularism safe?” this is an addendum to that, a few missed out points and clarifications.
If you have read my earlier post, you would realize that I come very strongly on the core principles of secularism, but I have mentioned in that post that secularism, even with its current shortcomings is by far the best that is available to us. Here I would like to suggest that this is in fact true in the context of what other options are available currently to humanity.
You may wonder why did I choose to write so negatively about secularism to begin with. That is perfectly a sound reasoning, I will tell you why, I want to illustrate to you, if secularism itself can have such horrific outcomes with regard to building a free society that does not give rise to fundamentalism and one that does in no way encourage the practice of outrageous traditions and cultures in the guise of religion and respect for such, imagine what could be the consequence of any other form of societies or governments. You can see the examples of such theocratic and dictatorship governments every day, the entire group of Muslim majority countries are riddled with violations of basic rights of humans and such cowardly suppression of women, this is a ubiquitous phenomenon across all countries which are ruled by religious fanatics
So coming to secularism, it is indeed the lesser of the evils, only if we have a state law which is applicable universally. The state law should in no way recognize any sort of religious, racial, ethnic, or any other pseudo discriminatory boundaries and lines in the society. This should be enforced through the constitution.
For a secular society to flourish and have any meaning this is the basic prerequisite.