Yes Brian, I actually think that your historical comments, in a way, illustrates my point - religions, and the rules followed within them, are interpreted and acted upon by humans...hence are socially constructed and the many centuries of historical wars/crusades/jihads are really, when the chips are down, based largely upon various human reflections of how to defend the 'true' faith (which ever one that is!) So communities are indeed formed to encourage secular society - good contemporary example is the catholic and Protestant communities in my mum's hometown Derry, N.Ireland. Even in 21st century 'peaceful' Derry it's openly secular - British flags fly in the loyalist areas, Irish flags fly in the Nationalist areas....schools, pubs and even streets and areas are either catholic or Protestant.
OK so it's not openly like that in England, where multiculturalism and ethnicity is 'accepted.' If we pop this in the context of our schools and curriculum - where these different communities meet to [supposedly?] receive a broad and balanced curriculum for all - I just wonder if it is possible to meet everyones needs, when your own socialisation may have taught something else? If it is possible - it's going to be blooming hard!
I am still unable to see the difference between spirituality and religion....but will try to keep an open mind!