Episode 23: Interview with Reza Aslan

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1 Sahil Badruddin = ""It is pluralism, not secularism, that defines democracy. A democratic state can be established upon any normative moral framework as long as pluralism remains the source of its legitimacy. The State of Israel is founded upon an exclusivist Jewish moral framework that recognizes all the world’s Jews —regardless of their nationality—as citizens of the state. England continues to maintain a national church whose religious head is also the country’s sovereign. India was, until recently, governed by partisans of an élitist theology of Hindu Awakening (Hindutva) bent on applying their implausible but enormously successful vision of “true Hinduism” to the state. And yet, like the United States, these countries are all considered democracies, not because they are secular but because they are, at least in theory, dedicated to pluralism."-No god but God, Reza Aslan "