Thoughts on Secularism from Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan has a really good post about the place of secularism in American society.

One reason secularism is now threatened is because the left has abused it. I have no problem, for example, with public displays of Christian symbols in a secular society. ……. Secularists who want to stamp this stuff out seem to me to be lacking in the virtue of moderation – and they have helped spawn the intolerance that now flows back from the other side. At the same time, it’s silly for fundamentalists to say that they are being persecuted merely because others are treated equally in the public square. ……. What is particularly remarkable is that when we are constructing a democracy abroad, say in Iraq, no one disputes the notion that it would be better for Iraq to have a secular constitution rather than a religious one. Yet these same people, when it comes to domestic politics and constitutionalism, want to insist that the American constitution is somehow a religious document.

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