I blogged recently about the research I’m doing in french on American and French secularism. This project has really helped me appreciate stepping into another person’s shoes and embracing their perspective.
We’ve been looking at the French laws against burkhas and labeling them as wrong, and an infraction of secularism. But the French also feel that some things we do are weird and breaking the barrier between church and state. For instance, the fact that God is mentioned in the pledge and that the Presidents are sworn in upon the Bible strikes the french as odd. For them, secularism means total separation within church and state, and they feel like religion is way too imminent in the US government.
Looking at things in a different perspective was also the topic of the edu180atl post yesterday. It’s good to get a fresh perspective because that way you can understand the whole story.