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secularism

Philosophy a doctrine that rejects religion, esp in ethics
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The European Union and United States condemned the move against Cumhuriyet, a pillar of the country's secularist establishment.
With the common enemy -- the secularist old guard -- defeated, there was little to hold the alliance together.
Polarization between secularists and Islamists in Turkey often fails to capture the complexity of Turkish politics, in which not all secularists are democrats and not all Islamists are autocrats.
The Iranian-born secularist is well known for her talks which highlight aspects of Islam she does not agree with.
It is true that all actors (traditionalist, modernist, and secularist) used Islam for instrumental and tactical reasons when they resorted to the meta-discursive strategy of deriving justification from Islam in their battles with each other (p.
Summary: Tunisian prime minister-designate Habib Essid proposed a new coalition cabinet on Monday including secularists, Islamists and smaller parties, after politicians rejected a line-up announced last week as unrepresentative.
The headscarf is understood by secularists to be an emblem of political Islam and therefore a threat to the Turkish republic's secular identity.
Turkey's main opposition and secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), which said it would contest the headscarves being worn in parliament, put up little resistance Thursday.
Earlier, security forces fired tear gas in fields around the courthouse in the Silivri jail complex, west of Istanbul, as defendants' supporters gathered to protest against the five-year trial, a landmark case in the decade-long battle between Erdogan and the secularist establishment.
Critics charge the trial is based on feeble evidence and is a government ploy to muzzle secularist opponents.
But a spate of recent violent incidents, including attacks on the American Embassy in Tunis last month, have fueled new tensions between the moderate Islamic government and liberal secularist opposition parties over Islam's role and the best way to handle extremists.
As a secularist and an atheist (again, not the same thing), I have no wish to take away anyone's freedom to follow their religion, as long as it does no harm to others - and as long as it is not forced on others.