Part 2 Freedom to believe

Britain is some ways however is a special case. Britain had the common sense to allow the church to continue speaking. I would say that the Church of England even though it is far from perfect has a good relationship with other religious bodies. The Queen has also worked hard for many years through the commonwealth of people of various different backgrounds and faiths. What I am saying is that Britain is not and never has been a purely secular state although day to day running of the country is made through Parliament and the House of Lords with the local councils.

Turkey and Egypt are different cases. Secularism was placed on these countries ‘from above’. It was literally the separation of the Um-ma from the state apparatus. In Turkey’s case the people rightly backed Ataturk to kick the Europeans out of the country. He was probably the greatest statesman of his day. He studied political ideas in France and got the idea of a National Assembly from there. The populace is at least about 98% Muslim. Egypt is going through transition at the moment.

What am I saying?
Pure secularism cannot work in the long run or any system for that matter. Some would crave for anarchy but I think that is a no no!

Any system that is in place needs to take culture and belief of its people seriously and not force external forces on to its existence. For example secularism in France means that a student cannot wear Islamic cover at school. I think in some ways Britain is a better place to live because we take culture and belief seriously and we attempt to respect. The Church and the state, the Um mah and the state need to listen to each other more carefully and in a spirit of mutual respect need to respect each others views and make decisions based on wisdom and not brute force.

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