Civil Society and Religions
SEPARATION of Church and state has been a boon for the Philippines as also for Turkey. Secularism has many problems and is not ideal for those with faith. However, for the practice of freedom of worship, it is ideal. With separation of church and state or secularism, no religion in a pluralistic society is preferred over the others, and one faith cannot impose on the freedom of the others. But it can also be overdone to mean oppression of religion by the civil society imposing on matters not concerned with freedom which is unacceptable.
Civil society is neutral and in fact encourages the practice of religion but does not allow one religion to impose on the others against their will. Christianity especially Catholicism struggled with this. Every religion believes it has the truth and, therefore, it is doing the others a favor by propagating its truth. Because of freedom of conscience, in a pluralistic society, this separation of Church (Islam) and state is needed. Islamic countries are still struggling to accept this separation of church and state. In a country with different religions, tolerance is necessary. Most Christian countries have accepted this that under the civil society everyone is equal and allowed to practice his faith in freedom without imposing one's own on others in the civil order.
It was a struggle for the Philippines to separate the civil realm from the faith realm. It was also a struggle for Turkey to separate the civil realm from Islam. Many Islamic countries still do not see the necessity of this. Only with this separation can we have peace, freedom, and the potential to respect each other's faith and belief in God. (This separation also respects the choice of some to deny belief in God. …