Nothing is further from the truth. The Royal Spanish Academy of language defines secularism as a doctrine that advocates the independence of man, society, and more particularly, of the State, with respect to any organization or religious denomination, i.e., secularism is a position before the world that considers the human being be capable of thinking for himself, and placed ideologically apart from any organized religious dogmatism. Or, put another way, secularism respects any belief or religious conviction provided that this is not interference in matters of State or public money, and always, of course, not infringe fundamental human rights. Therefore, secularism is respect for the individual beliefs of every citizen; It is tolerance before any spiritual positioning, and is democratic spirit because it does not consider any specific dogma as the only valid and respectable. Otherwise, attempting to impose a dogma or single way of thinking, the non-respect of different postures, having an intolerant attitude towards those who do not are stick to a particular belief or ideology, has a precise and well-defined name: fundamentalism and totalitarianism. On the other hand, remember that the Spanish Constitution of 1978 declares that ideological, religious and cult of the individual freedom is guaranteed and that any confession will have state character.
On equal terms, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims the freedom of thought, conscience and religion as a right inherent to the human condition. As well, it seems that some members from the fields of politics and religion, in view of its manifestations, yet have taken the trouble to read carefully, the Spanish Constitution or the Universal Declaration of human rights; and if they did so, they seem to have forgotten its contents. We should remind you that the medieval obscurantism is very far, and absolutist tyrannies, also. We are in democracy and democracy, using the words of Sebastian Jans, is secular or not is democracy. Or, put another way, attacking secularism is attacking the very essence of the basic freedoms and human rights. Coral Bravo PhD in Philology and member of Europa Laica original author and source of the article.