I decided to unmute my silence on religious privileges in undesirable Uganda and later to greater Africa.
Secularism, as defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the “indifference to, or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations.” As a philosophy, secularism seeks to interpret life on principles taken solely from the real world, without recourse to religion. I, therefore, plan to champion the separation of state and religion on all grounds without fear or favour. Equality means no one is disadvantaged, nor privileged, because of their beliefs. I stand firmly with this view.
I will continue to agitate for a secular state in which all citizens are free to practise their faith, change it, or have no faith at all. I will promote secularism as the surest
guarantor of religious freedom and the best means to foster a fair and open society, in which people of all religions and none can live together as equal citizens.
When it comes to political terms, secularism is the principle of the separation of government institutions and the persons mandated to represent the State from religious institutions and religious dignitaries. Defined briefly, secularism means that governments should remain neutral on the matter of religion and should not enforce nor prohibit the free exercise of religion, leaving religious choice to the liberty of the people. One form of secularism is asserting the right to be free from religious rules and teachings, or, in a state declared to be neutral on matters of belief, from the imposition by government of religion or religious practices upon its people. In expansion, secularism also means that public activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be uninfluenced by religious beliefs or practices.