Religion and Basic Human Rights in a Secular State

Human Rights in Secular State

"When you disseminate terms like ‘Islamic republic’, ‘Islamic democracy’, ‘Islamic socialism’, ‘Moderate Islam’ or any such oxymoron as a part of Your political ideology, you’re creating room for all ‘versions’ of the religion to become stakeholders, with the most dangerous becoming usurpers through sheer clout. By separating religion from the state you put human rights at the forefront of everything with any violation, regardless or its religious or cultural motivations, becoming a punishable offence. Whenever religion and basic human rights end up being at odds – as they quite often do – it’s the latter that is given precedence in a secular state."

- K. Khuldune Shahid

Quote Source: The Friday Times


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