Secularism means religious freedom, not a creeping suppression of faith

For the last fucking time: secularism is not the abolition, destruction and criminalisation of religion. It protects – protects – the right to follow any religion of your choice, protects religious minorities, protects people from feeling alienated as a result of having a dominant (or decadent) culture or process forced upon them. Secular law allows religions to share the public sphere equally. It is not ‘illiberal’, Eric Pickles. It allows all people fair access to the law, to council meetings, schools, hospitals and town halls, regardless of religious faith. Bleeding heart responses about Britain being ‘swept away on a secular current’ (Channel 4 News, tonight) show a total misunderstanding of what secularism means.