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Dumai wrote (edited )

per the fifth amendment the catholic church has no official political privilege and religious freedom is formally protected -- no religious body is favoured over another and the republic promises not to endow any particular religion. that's what i'd call secular in spite of references to the trinity. the strongest thing the article mentions in terms of constitution is the law on blasphemy, but germany, turkey, and russia have similar laws on the books and nobody would question those states are de jure (but not de facto) secular.

really all that demonstrates is how little constitution matters when it comes to this stuff. the uk and norway both have established churches but absolutely nothing like the american religious right exists in those countries. it isn't even as simple as personal religious belief because russia is hardly what you'd call a very religious country but the relationship between russian state and the orthodox church is the stuff of legend

edit: and i'm not saying the church's power in ireland isn't waning but if it still has control over most irish schools then the problem of its influence is more a matter of social fact than constitution, right? like i say i'm not irish so i am willing to be corrected


TeoKajLibroj OP wrote

Yes the constitution doesn't support any one religion, but that merely means it isn't a theocracy, which is not the same as secular. The preamble states the that the governments right to rule comes from God, article 44 says God is due homage, most rights are subject to "public morality", all of which is hardly secular. The articles on abortion, blasphemy and a woman's place being in the home are all heavily influenced by Catholic teaching.