Sunday 11 December 2016

Letters: Only secularism truly allows religious freedom

Published 17/01/2014 | 02:30

Religious freedom? Gazan law forbids public displays of crucifixes
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* People who hold the view that our so-called republic is by majority homogenous in its religious beliefs, often postulate that the apparatus of the State should reflect the beliefs of the majority, hence the retention of religious oaths and other religious references in our Constitution.

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Two points on this: firstly, what about the rights of minorities and the fundamental rights of individuals?

Secondly, a question to advocates of majoritarianism in this context: I assume then that you would be consistent in your beliefs and, looking beyond our putatively homogenous little Ireland, would endorse religious majoritarianism when it comes to other states, for example in countries in the Middle East and North Africa?

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