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Secularism & Separation Of State And Religion

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This chapter deals with more outspoken forms of secularism and separationism. Though there are important overlaps, and although, moreover, domestic jurisprudence drawing on these concepts has in practice oft en largely erased the differences in implications, 'secularism' and 'separation of state and religion' can be analytically distinguished from each other. In this Chapter it will become apparent that many states constitutionally establish themselves as secular states, many states constitutionally separate religion from the state, whilst some states, in fact, do both. Firstly, 'secular states' is identified and discussed. Subsequently, the principles of 'separation of state and religion' and so-called 'non-establishment clauses' are analysed. The chapter then endeavours to further chart the legal ramifications of these principles on the basis of existing state practice.

Keywords: religion; secularism; separationism; state



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