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July 23, 2012

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Matthew Franklin

I presume he's pointing out how deep the laicite principals go. Secularism is generally a political / legal principal that gives political primacy to the state. The separation should by definition be on both sides - that is, the state should then stay out of religious affairs. It's an institutional, rather than personal, determination. What Camus seems to be pointing out here is that French secularism comes down to a concern about the mental effect on a person. Laicite - laicism - affects education, for example, where religious education has been removed from schools altogether. Critics say Laicite shows signs of 'anti-clericism' where, further than a separation of the institutions, the state is opposed to the clergy.

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