Margaret Somerville defends the right of religious people to engage on policy. Canada has no clause in our constitution separating Church and state. The American constitution seeks to protect the church from the state, not vice versa.
Dr Somerville makes the point that aggressive secularism has become a kind of religion , which tries to push out all others. It is the right of all citizens to be involved in the decisions of government.
Religion has a role to play in the public square
BY MARGARET SOMERVILLE, CANWEST NEWS SERVICES MAY 18, 2010
If you’ve paid any attention to the media over the last week – for instance, regarding whether the G8 “maternal and infant health initiative” should include abortion, or The Current’s and The National’s programs on CBC that focused on Marci McDonald’s new book, The Armageddon Factor, that raises alarm about the rise in political power and influence of the “Canadian religious right” – you’ll find this secularist truism espoused both front, centre and behind the scenes: Religion and religious voices and views have no valid role to play in the public square. Indeed, many secularists are openly hostile to any such participation. But are they correct?
To respond, we need to examine the arguments for and against their participation....