Controversy over “secularism” in The Gambia

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The inclusion or removal of “secularism” from the draft Constitution of the Gambia has raised a controversy among citizens of different religious and religious beliefs, while the Constitutional Review Committee is finalizing the draft Constitution to mark the third republic.

While some mine expressed their opposition to the idea of the inclusion of “secularism” in the new constitution, others strongly defend its inclusion, and each fight to defend their position by providing reasons and the market of excuses to rally popular support for his cause.

The Pro-German camp argue that the inclusion of the “secular state” in the new constitution would protect the rights of religious groups, such as Christians, and prevent the declaration of the gambia as an Islamic State, just like former President Yahya Jami did suddenly and without warning In December 2015.

Supporters of secularism believe that all religions must be treated equally, and the state should not interfere in religious affairs. The Veteran politician omar jallow went to the point of the proposal to prevent the construction of mosques in public places, which is seen as supporting the statements of deputy toma ngai that called for the demolition of mosques in public places.

On the other hand, the opposing camp believes that the word “secularism” should not be included in the constitution, on the pretext that Muslims represent the vast majority of the country, and therefore the state’s secularization will blur its religious identity. They also see that there is no justification to include secularism in the constitution because Muslims and non-Muslims have been held in peace, peace, security and security without any problems, although the 1971 Constitution did not contain the word “secular” as well as the case for the For the original version of the 1997. Constitution

The essence of the controversy is that mine, no matter their religious, religious or religious belonging, are peacefully and harmony in the absence of secularism in the constitution, and therefore the anti-secular camp doubt the real motivation behind the determination of a slice of society to include secularism In The Draft Constitution According to this camp, secularism was originally born to confront and curb the influence of the church, thus wondering why the the Christian Council calls for secularism in the country when secularism is centered around the separation of the state from the church! They further argue that yahya Jamie is just introducing the constitution to declare the Gambia an Islamic State in order to serve his own interests, such as earning the great and rich Arab Islamic states amid the international isolation he was facing. To enhance this point, the anti-Flag Camp argue that there was no significant change in state or community affairs when Jamie decided to turn the gambia into an Islamic State, thus reducing the fears of the pro-German camp.

Webster’s dictionary defines secularism as: ” indifference, rejection or exclusion of religion and religious consideration “. in the same way, Oxford defines secularism as meaning: ” believing that religion should not have a role in organizing society and education .

The Gambia is a Muslim-majority state where some statistics suggest that 95 % Muslims are Muslims. Some Muslims are real concerned that turning the gambia into a secular state may coverd the Islamic identity of the country, especially since there is a controversy over the definition of secularism. In some societies, for example, religious symbols, including hijab, are banned in the name of secularism. Recently, Deputy Toma Ngai has called for the demolition of mosques in public places, enhancing fears that the secular Gambia will be able to justify the demolition of mosques in public places and prevent the construction of new mosques, and even ban religious education in public and private English schools.

Although I believe that the Gambia is for all mines, regardless of their religious, ethnic or religious belonging where everyone can enjoy the freedom of belief and freely exercise his belief, it is not wise to include secularism in the constitution to preserve peace and I’m already in a fragile environment.

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