French Secularism

Jill Carroll of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance strongly rejects France’s version of separation of church and state.

They are wrong to practice, and legally enforce, a secularism that is fundamentally suspicious of and sometimes outright hostile to religion. …

Under laicism the state remains neutral with regard to religion so that it can protect itself and the citizens from the ravages of religion. In America, the state is neutral on religion so that it can effectively protect the people’s freedom of religion. French secularism is oriented against religion, protecting from religion. American secularism is oriented toward religion, protecting religious expression itself.