The Authoritarianism of Moral Neutrality

From Mensaje magazine via Mirada Global, a strong critique of France's decision to prohibit women from wearing the burka in public:

Respecting freedom of religion is respecting human rights. Considering the differences between secularity and religion implies entering into a dialogue respecting freedom without imposing the truth. Forbidding religious manifestations in public, repressing this kind of expressions, will not prevent religiousness from being expressed in how people are and behave in public life. Secularity as amoral morale taken to the extreme of imposing it as the only republican path is a form of radicalized authoritarianism that still hasn’t managed to understand the human feeling that in many cases requires religion as guide or foundation.


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Tim Reidy


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