According to the online Webster dictionary, Secularism is defined as “indifference to, or rejection or exclusion of, religion and religious considerations”. Other sources like Wikipedia, there’s much detailed expansion “In certain contexts, the word can connote anticlericalism, atheism, desire to exclude religion from social activities or civic affairs, banishment of religious symbols from the public sphere, state neutrality toward religion, the separation of religion from state, or disestablishment (separation of church and state).
As a philosophy, secularism seeks to interpret life on principles taken solely from the material world, without recourse to religion. Secularism draws its intellectual roots from Greek and Roman philosophers such as Zeno of Citium and Marcus Aurelius; from Enlightenment thinkers such as John Locke, Denis Diderot, Voltaire, Baruch Spinoza, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine; and from more recent freethinkers atheists such as
Matthew W. Dillahunty, Robert Ingersoll, Bertrand Russell, and Christopher Hitchens. It shifts the focus from religion to other “temporal” and “this-worldly” things, with emphasis on nature, reason, science, and development.
In political terms, secularism is the principle of the separation of government institutions and persons mandated to represent the state from religious institutions and religious dignitaries (the attainment of such is termed secularity). 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 rule 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”
Many African governments declare in their constitution as secular in their constitutions yet in reality a theocracy is practised in day today governance and operation of government business. Many Africans shun away from the principal of democracy-which is defined as a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives, mostly known as a government of the people, for the people by
the people. Many Africans believe that God or a deity must be recognised as the supreme civil ruler.
As a result, no elected or appointed public official is held accountable to the public Everything is left to God. Politicians go ahead and organise victory parties after dubious elections to thank their deities for delivering victory to them. This is a trend for almost every African. They never acknowledge the role of citizens. As a result, Africa has been ranked as one of the most mismanaged and corrupt societies on earth. For nobody is calling out these public officials whom the masses believe are appointed by God or Allah or any-other Deity people choose to believe. It’s even worse when these public officials donate public resources to religious groups instead of establishing formidable, reliable medical centres and institutions of learning.
Secular Friends for Liberty and Rule of Law, envisions a society where the belief that “all power belongs to God and He gives whom He pleases”. is challenged through courts and public discourse. Religion in government is not sustainable if we dream of a better future where liberty and pursuit of happiness are our desired destiny. We will use all avenues to make sure that strong separation of State and religion is achieved. We welcome your donation with gratitude towards this goal.