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Faithful to SecularismThe Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines$
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David T. Buckley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231180061

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231180061.001.0001

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Secular Evolution in the Philippines

Secular Evolution in the Philippines

People Power and Pluralization

(p.154) 7. Secular Evolution in the Philippines
Faithful to Secularism

David T. Buckley

Columbia University Press

How has the Philippines’ benevolent secularism withstood challenges brought on by authoritarian rule and religious pluralization over the past quarter century? This chapter documents the role of religious-secular and interfaith partnerships in steering institutional change in Philippines in two periods: the “People Power” Revolution against the Marcos dictatorship and more recent contention over reproductive health legislation. Religious-secular and interfaith alliances helped topple the Marcos regime, and more recently have alleviated some tensions related to reproductive health legislation. The chapter traces elite alliances through field interviews and records of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, and then documents similar consensus in public opinion data.

Keywords:   Philippines, People Power Revolution, 1986 Constitutional Commission, Reproductive Health Bill, Mindanao, Catholic Church

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