Treviño, Lewis, Turkey, And Religion In The Public Sphere

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 9, 2009

Worth watching in full. I am of the opinion that excessive secularization anywhere has the effect of driving religion underground, and converting it into fanaticism. Better to let it out in the open, where it can breathe freely, and where religious tensions can more easily dissipate. A great many countries–most notably, a number of European ones–make the mistake of seeking to sublimate and even suppress religious sentiments, which only serves to harm those countries in the long run. Despite the problem of religious fanaticism worldwide, the United States suffers relatively little of it because of the respect given to religion in the public sphere–a respect that helps preclude much of the impetus for fanaticism to take root.

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