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The term '''secular''' is used to distinguish non-religious things from [[religious]] ones. The thing need not be [[anti-religious]] to be secular; in fact, that would likely be a misleading use of the term. Instead, describing something as secular generally means it is not religiously oriented.
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The term '''secular''' is used to distinguish non-religious things from [[religious]] ones. The thing need not be [[anti-religious]] to be secular; in fact, that would be a misleading use of the term. Instead, describing something as secular generally means it is simply unrelated to religion.
  
For example, the [[Wikipedia:United States government|United States government]] is, under the [[Wikipedia:United States Constitution|Constitution]], a ''secular government''. That does not mean the government acts against the interests of religion, nor does it mean that the people who make up the government must be non-religious. On the contrary, it means that the government must remain neutral with respect to religion, to the extent possible.
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For example, the [[Wikipedia:United States government|United States government]] is, under the [[Wikipedia:United States Constitution|Constitution]], a secular government. That does not mean the government acts against the interests of religion or the religious. On the contrary, it means that the government must remain neutral with respect to religion, to the extent possible. Furthermore, it doesn't mean that religious people cannot populate government positions. Indeed, in the U.S. most office holders are religious. But government officials cannot use their executive, legislative or judicial powers to promote one religion over another, or religion over [[irreligion]].
  
At a secular event, one is expected to "leave religion at the door". One is not asked to change their beliefs, but rather to restrain themselves from attempting to inculcate others into<!-- correct preposition? --> their beliefs.
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==Secular vs. atheistic==
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Being secular is not the same as being atheistic. Both believers and non-believers (with respect to any particular god claim) can participate together in a secular purpose.<!-- expand... -->
  
Secular does not imply atheistic.
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==See also==
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* [[separation of church and state]]
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* [[Lemon test]]
  
 
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The term secular is used to distinguish non-religious things from religious ones. The thing need not be anti-religious to be secular; in fact, that would be a misleading use of the term. Instead, describing something as secular generally means it is simply unrelated to religion.

For example, the United States government is, under the Constitution, a secular government. That does not mean the government acts against the interests of religion or the religious. On the contrary, it means that the government must remain neutral with respect to religion, to the extent possible. Furthermore, it doesn't mean that religious people cannot populate government positions. Indeed, in the U.S. most office holders are religious. But government officials cannot use their executive, legislative or judicial powers to promote one religion over another, or religion over irreligion.

Secular vs. atheistic

Being secular is not the same as being atheistic. Both believers and non-believers (with respect to any particular god claim) can participate together in a secular purpose.

See also

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