Narkissos: I don't believe "secularism can end up being a religion" (jgnat) as long as it doesn't offer adequate and universal ways of dealing subjectively with one's life and death.
Excellent point. I had in mind various secularist experiments, such as American democracy and Russian communism. Both ideologies were/are defended fiercly with apparent religious zeal. Both wrote themselves mythical origins and mythical heroes. The Americans have Benjamin Franklin and the guy who chopped down the cherry tree (I cannot tell a lie). The Russians embalmed Lenin. It seems, in the absence of God, 'godless' societies have to provide a replacement to worship.
But you are right, in the most strictest sense, a political ideology is not a religion unless it offers the complete package. I think the Communists tried. "You die. You obtain immortality by contributing to the collective."
Narkissos: Moreover, if you take a broader view of "conservative" as "resistance to change," you'll realise that it comes from many sources and motives.
This is the core of the matter. Thank you for saying it out loud.
Narkissos: Opposition to biological or genetic experiments is both from the far left ecologists and the right-wing Christians; opposition to social change (as in the destruction of the French Labour code under the pressure of globalisation) comes from the left wing, communist and socialist; opposition to societal changes (e.g. gay rights) from the right wing.
It is refreshing to get the French perspective. American politics are so polarized. You are either a godless democrat or a Christian Conservative. Canadian politics are a little more complex. We have four. You are either a godless liberal, a regional conservative, a socialist, or a separatist. But Canadians are convinced that ALL politicians in it for the kick-backs. As for the French, well, it is obvious the choices are far more complex.
I am going to get in to so much trouble for these comments. Americans are so fiercly proud of their politics, and rightly so. But they think they invented democracy.