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As you should know there's a difference between:
  1. Freedom of conscience
  2. State secularism
  3. Separation of church and state.

For instance, France and the US both have separation of church and state.  However France does not have freedom of conscience to the extent that the US does while the US is not secular. The Lutheran North of Europe does not have separation of church and state, but they do have secular states and freedom of conscience.

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 18th, 2010 at 03:08:08 AM EST
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