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Secularism asserts the right to freedom

Published 07/04/2011 | 05:00

Regarding James Yorke's comment on the abyss of secularism (Letters, April 5), secularism is the belief that government should exist separately from religion. Modern theories of constitutional democracy assume that citizens are intellectually and spiritually autonomous and that governments should leave matters of religious belief to individuals and not coerce or impose religious beliefs on its people.

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Secularism asserts the right to freedom from governmental imposition of a religion upon its people, whether that imposition is Protestantism, Islamism, Catholicism or conversely atheism.

Gerry Walsh
Kilnamanagh, Dublin

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