Secularism is not at all opposed to religion, not a single bit. Politically, it simply means the separation between government and religion. Worship, by all means, but do not include religious ideology in the bodies that run people’s’ affairs. It makes so much sense, doesn’t it? If we in Egypt adopt secularism then we can expect the following:
1. No more political parading in the name of Islam, which means an end to the abuse of Islam for political ends.
2. No more political interference in how people practice religion, e.g. Friday prayer sermons will no longer be ‘directed’ by the government.
3. A much more fair system of inheritance, e.g. there is no longer any reason why the man deserves as much as two women.
4. Eliminate any possibility of someone legislating for issues such as compulsory wearing of the veil/niqab or prohibition of consumption of alcohol on religious grounds.
5. A renewed focus on real scientific research as opposed to pathetic attempts to ‘Islamise’ the knowledge coming from the ‘West’ or finding proof that the Qur’an had already predicted the most recent and ground-breaking scientific discoveries.
6. A real attempt to protect freedom of worship for all: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Buddhist, etc., etc., including the freedom to worship nothing at all.
7. An end to medieval laws that criminalize any critical assessment of religion, in particular Islam.
8. And perhaps most important of all: it might help move religion back to where it can do the most for people: PRIVATE LIFE
A secular political system will eliminate fundamental injustices and inequalities and set Egypt on the right track. Unfortunately, religious parties have gained a lot of ground in the recent elections, and it might be a few years before people have a sufficiently developed political consciousness to be able to separate their personal identity from how they would like to be governed.