In defence of secularism.

A Christian I once debated accused secularism of hypocrisy, as it tries to ‘force non-religion upon the religious’ and that it ‘takes away freedom’.

Quite the contrary, secularism is the guarantor of freedom.  It is the sole necessity in any religiously diverse society, endowing upon citizens the right to be free from doctrinal authorities.  To go against secularism is to infringe, selfishly, upon individual freedom — a childish longing for a civilisation governed by religious fundamentalism, to one’s own interest.