Laïque Pride again

The Middle East Political and Economic Institute is a new organisation based in Bucharest, Rumania, aiming to ‘promote greater understanding of the Middle East, its diverse culture, languages and people, and to create links between individuals, institutions and communities’. They recently approached me to write an article on the Laïque Pride march for secularism and the associated movement. The story, which contains an interview with Kinda Hassan, one of the five organisers of the march, is online from today on MEPEI’s website here. Quote: ‘The worst outcome, something we absolutely want to avoid, is that we as ‘secularists’ would end up as the nineteenth sect, where people who refuse any religious identity would become a separate ‘millet’. This would miss the point completely, and this is an actual existing danger.’

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