Andrew Sullivan tells us that “Agnès Poirier argues [in the New Stateman] there is no postive or negative secularism, just secularism:”
Secularism is neutral. It is neither a dogma nor a doctrine. If anything, it’s an abstention. Secularism abstains from favouring one religion over another, or favouring atheism over religious belief. It is a political principle that aims at guaranteeing the largest possible coexistence of various freedoms.
And when I think about two characters, the hellfire and brimstone preacher John Hagee and the anti-Christian bigot biologist PZ Myers, I see two people who could not possibly think this is so. Hat tip to The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan (October 12, 2008) – One Secularism