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Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

non′sec·tar′i·an·ism n.


not narrow-minded, esp as a result of rigid adherence to a particular sect; broad-minded


(ˌnɒn sɛkˈtɛər i ən)

not affiliated with or limited to a specific religious denomination.
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Adj.1.nonsectarian - not restricted to one sect or school or partynonsectarian - not restricted to one sect or school or party; "religious training in a nonsectarian atmosphere"; "nonsectarian colleges"; "a wide and unsectarian interest in religion"- Bertrand Russell
sectarian - belonging to or characteristic of a sect; "a sectarian mind"; "the negations of sectarian ideology"- Sidney Hook; "sectarian squabbles in psychology"
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Unlike the many denominationally-identified summer programs that are closer to Bock's educational and social vision, Jewish Scouting developed on a different premise; a combination of "Reverence" and nonsectarianism at the core of the BSA worldview underpinned the intention that the facilities and staff would sustain the religious requirements of all types of campers, and would enable American Jewish Scouts to fully participate.
Despite rhetoric about nonsectarianism, this list never won a seat in a Sunni-majority area.
Their commitment to non-sectarian public education should raise serious questions about Justice Thomas's claim in Mitchell that commitment to nonsectarianism in public education was "born of bigotry." (67) On the contrary, the idea of keeping religion out of the education of the masses--both substance and in organization--was born alongside the Statute for Religious Freedom and the Memorial and Remonstrance, offspring of the desire to avoid bigotry and to promote public reason.
(38.) See DelFattore, supra note 36, at 14 ("[T]he approach that soon became dominant in many states was the establishment of schools deemed 'nonsectarian' at the time, although by today's standards they would be better described as pan-Protestant."); John Herbert Laubach, School Prayers: Congress, the Courts, and the Public 78 (1969) ("The concept of nonsectarianism was regarded as synonymous with 'common core religion,' 'common denominator religion,' 'civil or civic religion,' and 'public school religion.'").
These visionary and apocalyptic elements of Shabkar's portrayal of nonsectarianism lend an additional legitimacy and potency to his message.