Beyond Secularism?

I was informed last week of a panel tomorrow night, hosted by newly elected Chilliwack NDP MLA Gwen O’Mahony. The title is Beyond Secularism and will see three Christian scholars discuss the role they believe that faith should play in government.

As secularists, most members of the BCHA feel strongly that people of faith ought to leave their religion at the door when it comes to passing legislation that affects over four million people in BC of various beliefs and non-beliefs. As few as 1 in 2 people in this province profess to be Christian and a growing number have no religious affiliation.

Religion divides people into unquestionable dogmatic camps. Instead we should be governing from the best available evidence in a way that promotes the prosperity and flourishing of every person.

Finally, this panel demonstrates that attacks on science and secularism are not the sole domain of any one political orientation. While we are used to fighting the Religious Right, in this case it’s coming from the NDP and features more moderate political commentators, like Ron Dart – famous for documenting the Canadian Red Tory phenomena.

Hopefully some secular voices will make it to the event tomorrow and in the future our politicians will make efforts to include a diversity of voices that actually represents our province.

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  1. The panelists were not there to talk about the role of religion in Government, they were talking about the role of religion within a secular political system. What role does faith have within a state that separates church and state? It was NOT about attacking science. It was about inclusion. Faith and spirituality needs to be discussed in politics just like any other area of importance just like ecology or the economy. Species At Risk are God creatures and must be protected. The economy should serve the poor not just the rich. These are not only political questions that are also religious questions. Gandhi said those who think politics and religion has nothing to do with each other, do not understand politics or religion. The forum was about politics being pluralistic by taking religion viewpoints into account. It was not about forcing religious views on others or giving one group power over another. Nobody was advocating a non-secular state. It was about taking religious values and apply them to political issues. Fairness, compassion, equality, justice – these are religious values. Martin Luther King was both religious and political. Who says people like Martin Luther King, Bishop Romero or last night’s religious/political speaker MP Bill Blakie should have no place in modern politics? Can secularism become a type of censorship?

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