All rights reserved.Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Accessibility | Contact Us, What Secularism Means to Africa: What it has been, what it hasn't been and what it could mean for human rights, NSS urges even-handed approach to freedom of religion or belief, Pandemic harming freedom from religion in many countries, says report, Parliament set to debate China’s persecution of Uighur Muslims, End religious groups’ self-regulation on safeguarding, inquiry told, Secularism linked to prosperity and better education, study finds, All I want for Christmas is freedom of and from religion, The world has abandoned freethinkers of Muslim heritage, Anthony Lester’s legacy for human rights and secularism, Secular attitudes and laws are assets against coronavirus, Stuck at home? The impact of Dutch rule at the Cape. Now such pluralism is usually discussed with respect to religious values in public life, but there is a deeper problem which it poses and which is often overlooked. However, a pertinent question remains: Is there no tradition of secularism in Africa? About 7 percent of the population are Catholic, with another 20 percent belonging to the main Protestant churches—Methodists, Anglicans, Lutherans and Dutch Reformed. Search online for Madagascar and you get mostly references to animated films about animals. South Africa is among the most urbanized countries in Africa and has an urban population that is growing rapidly. They are not going to abandon their faith. The Covid-19 pandemic has undermined the rights of people who reject religious norms in many countries, a report has found. Its founder, Engenas Lekganyane, is regarded by its members as the Black Messiah. Tags: Africa, Freedom from Religion, Religious Freedom, Secularism. //-->. The revolution led to clashes between church and state that brought the church under the control of the state and culminated in the law of 1905 that institutionalized the separation of church and state. Secular ideas were rooted in the intellectual movement of 17th- and 18th-century Europe called the Enlightenment. As such, political and socio-economic activities are often flavoured with religious expressions and rituals. They usually criticize secularism as an alien or foreign ideology that has no legitimate stake in African society and politics.