The word secular comes from the Latin meaning the worldly area of life. It is contrasted with the sacred area of life which deals with the religious area of life. When these 2 areas are mixed up we get a religious run state. I believe that a religious run state harms both religion and the proper functioning of politics. When religion becomes a department of state the true teaching of religion becomes less important and religion is used to justify state policy. A religiously run state oppresses people of faith and people of no faith equally.
Examples of religiously run states today are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia. In the past in Ireland the controversy over the mother child scheme was an example of the harmful effect of a religiously run state.
We may have a government in Ireland. Events are developing as I write this blog. If a minority government is formed this will be the first time Fine Gael is returned to government in the history of the state. A major stumbling block has been the water charges.
The musician Prince has passed away. Prince believed that artists should get paid for their work. His struggle with record companies and in defence of copyright will help less successful artists. People deserve to get paid for their work.
John O Brien.