The Value of French Secularism

( One of the problems of Anglophone attempts to read France’s sécularisme through its English false cognate is the conflation of two very different projects. Where American secularism has mainly been interested in protecting religions from the state, the French version is meant to protect the state from religion. In his article “France’s secular ayatollahs” (March 5), Paul Taylor illuminates this distinction better than most.

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