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By Lorenzo Zucca

Tips on how to accommodate assorted non secular practices and legislation inside an earthly framework is without doubt one of the such a lot urgent and arguable difficulties dealing with modern eu public order. during this provocative contribution to the topic, Lorenzo Zucca argues that conventional types of secularism, targeting the connection of nation and church, are out-dated and that in basic terms through embracing a brand new photo of what secularism skill can Europe flow ahead within the public reconciliation of its non secular diversity.

The e-book develops a brand new version of secularism appropriate for Europe as a complete. the recent version of secularism is worried with the best way glossy secular states take care of the presence of range within the society. This new notion of secularism is extra fitted to the eu Union whose total goal is to advertise a solid, peaceable and unified financial and political house ranging from quite a lot of diverse nationwide reports and views. the recent perception of secularism is additionally extra suited to the Council of Europe at huge, and particularly the ecu courtroom of Human Rights which faces transforming into calls for for the popularity of freedom of faith in eu states. the recent version doesn't shield secularism as an ideological place, yet goals to provide secularism as our universal constitutional culture in addition to the foundation for our universal constitutional destiny.

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Every person, be they religious or non-religious, should be free to advance their own ideas and beliefs and argue for them. Disagreement between people can only help to sharpen thought and allow truth to emerge. This is only possible, however, if no assumption or presupposition is considered to be dogma. A healthy polity will devise ways to cope with disagreement, but will never find a way to solve an issue once and for all. Thirdly, a non-moralizing approach insists that negative emotions towards diversity are the result of lack of appropriate thinking.

Instead of opting for one or the other alternative, I argue that it is necessary to change fundamentally the viewpoint from which the issue is assessed. 24 Before moving to that point, let me illustrate with an example how different approaches of toleration fall short of coping with religious conflicts. 3. The Limits of Moralizing Attitudes: Lautsi as an Illustration A recent landmark case of the ECtHR can serve as an illustration of the limits of moralizing attitudes towards religion. The case is Lautsi and since it is already widely known and discussed, it does not require a lengthy presentation.

It is different and can be distinguished from both principled and instrumental approaches that promote toleration as a moralizing attitude. There are three main differences between a moralizing and a non-moralizing approach. Firstly, tolerance is not a principle to be imposed by legislation or a virtue to be preached by elites, but a human disposition that needs to be understood. Tolerance is not a behaviour that is imposed either by a moral or political doctrine, but it is a behaviour that emerges as a natural human response to difference.

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