As it is currently promoted and dangerously understood – and if we remember its distant forms, its unassumed religious impulses – we could say that Laïcité has the defects of the old Catholicism (intolerance), of the State of the Old Regime (absolutism) and of the secular ideologies born in the 19th century (totalitarianism).
Intolerant, absolutist, totalitarian and tyrannical?
This is perhaps the horizon of a future French Laïcité, which would no longer be of variable geometry, but which could easily evolve towards a more extremist model in a democracy as breathless as ours.
Moreover the various questions and proposals made during the debates on Islam in France regularly propose to rework the 1905 law to adapt it to the presence of Islam and Muslims in France.
It is therefore difficult to ask a Laïcité that has become feverish, subject to political and populist definitions, and already expansive for more than 30 years, to continue to protect us.
We have lost Laïcité, because the State is less and less neutral with its own “religion”.