Global Report - 15-September -2008

Posted by instablogs on Sep. 15, 2008

Pope backs President Sarkozy on positive secularism The pontiff in his speech at the Elysee Palace should have refrained from advocating change in the French secular tradition, wherein he called for a more open approach to secularism which would accept Christian roots of French society. The Pope may be widely popular in France but he has no authority to dictate the dos and don’ts of French secularism. France is a staunchly secular nation. The separation between the church and the state is enshrined in the national identity and that should remain so. The notion of Positive secularism propounded by President Sarkozy and supported by Pope Benedict XVI that allows space for religion in public life cannot be allowed to pollute the French ideal of secularism. We are living in a world that is fast succumbing to fundamentalist fanaticism, and any measure that allows religion a free play in public life would constitute an act of provocation, proselytism or propaganda that would harm the dignity or freedom of other pe

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