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(RNS) A conference at Georgetown University this week focused on cleaning up what many Americans consider a dirty word: secularism. The goal of the "Secularism on the Edge" conference was, in part, to define what secularism is and what it is not.


  1. I would like the speakers to have address the question: What happens when the government expands its power into business and social life — as is happening in places like France, Canada and the U.S.? Does that force religious influences to withdraw, shrink back? That would seem to be as much a threat to secularism as religious domination.