Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Separation of Church and State

Thoughts On The Separation Of Church And State

Consider this:

1) Has there ever been any religious person who, if he could have it his way, would not have liked to see governments run by people whose theology was the same as his own?

2) Since the existence of a deity can not be proved, i.e. substantiated by scientific evidence, can there ever be any consensus as to what is theological truth?

3) If there can be no consensus, doesn’t it make sense to have a secular government in order to insure that no one theocracy dominates the rest?

4) Isn’t the above what the writers of our constitution had in mind when they stipulated that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof---”?

5) Doesn’t our very freedom require that no government shall ever dictate to religion and no religion shall ever dictate to the government?

If the assumptions implied in the above questions are anywhere close to being accurate, then isn’t the separation of church from state, and vice versa, the best way to guarantee that freedom?

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