What is secularism?
Why does it matter?
Why does it matter?
It would seem that the current government of the United States is moving away from secularism.
Why it's important: as Brandeis pointed up in "The Right to Privacy" (1890), the greatest right is "the right to be let alone" -- in this instance, to not be discriminated against for not fitting readily into some sort of community standard.Secularism is the principle of the separation of government institutions and persons mandated to represent the state from religious institution and religious dignitaries.
One manifestation of secularism is asserting the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, or, in a state declared to be neutral on matters of belief, from the imposition by government of religion or religious practices upon its people.
Another manifestation of secularism is the view that public activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be uninfluenced by religious beliefs or practices.
In NONE of such examples were followup questions presented, such as "which church do you attend?" much less any attempt made to verify that they did indeed make such an onerous pilgrimage. I feel it's reasonable to guess there's a significant degree of fudging, & that "almost weekly" is more like "every month or maybe three."A 2013 survey reported that 31% of Americans attend religious services at least weekly.
In 2006, an online Harris Poll found that 26% of those surveyed attended religious services "every week or more often"
In a 2009 Gallup International survey, 41.6% of American citizens said that they attended a church, synagogue, or mosque once a week or almost every week.
Might being agnostic be considered being open to the possibility of something beyond our scope of understanding but not being bound to it's will, whereas secularism leaves the individual to acknowledge there are things that cannot or need not be answered by a book and their outcome is determined by their own will?