February 24, 2015

Catholic Cardinal In Bangkok, Thailand Says Secularism Is The Face Of The Devil

Sometimes I wonder if religious folks who trample on the concept of secularism really understand what it's all about. If you sit down and read a book about secularism, you will understand that it is not an attack on religion or the free exercise thereof. It simply calls for the separation of church and state. Government institutions and people holding public office should not in any way endorse or promote a particular religion.

Whether you are a Christian, a Muslim, or a Buddhist, you are free to believe in a deity and practice religious activities related to your beliefs. Just keep it separate from your duties as a public official. And don't in any way try to impose your faith on others using government institutions and funds.

Still, it's disappointing to regularly come across Church officials who spout their thoughts about secularism and paint it as something evil. Just recently, Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanji of the Catholic Church in Bangkok, Thailand said in an interview that secularism is the face of the devil.

"Secularism is the new way the devil presents himself in the modern world," Cardinal Kriengsak told the Catholic News Agency.

The irony of the Cardinal's statement is the fact that secular countries tend to be more peaceful and more prosperous compared to their religious counterparts. What does this say about the devil? If being peaceful and more developed is the face of the devil then I wouldn't mind him influencing the affairs of my country.
Photo by Mark Anderson via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

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