a comparison from which you can deduce solid answers for many ongoing modern issues between state, religion, and people.
i am not in a mood to write a long essay, but i can at least say that french understanding causes countless problems especially for the countries that are still in democratization process. i believe, illiberal laicism is as harmful as fundamentalist pictures of religion. trying to dominate religious activities, instead of just being neutral about them, is nothing but another type of tyranny. that's why i have always felt myself closer to anglo saxon secularism and in general, liberalism.