Church and state?

What is your view on the separation of church and state?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Per the Constitution, Congress cannot make a law creating a national religion. Nor can they take the right to practice religion away from the people. Note that, in theory, each state could form their own state-run religion, just not Congress.... Also note that Congress can make no law. It says nothing of nativity scenes outside local municipalities, Christmas trees on government property, Christmas carols at local elementary schools Christmas pageants, the Ten Commandments on the Supreme Court building, etc.

    My issue with government and religion is from the other side-when politicians campaign in churches for votes. These are usually democrats, and traditionally only in black churches.... Though I believe they have every right to do so, it is my view that the church is then taking part in governmental affairs, and should not then have a tax-exempt status. But that's only my opinion.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The way the laws were written, is that congress is not permitted to endorse a "state" religion. The first people -Pilgrims- that came to America, were previously persecuted simply b/c they held different religious beliefs. They didn't want the same thing happening here in America which is why congress is not permitted to say " ____ is the official religion of America"

    For those that endorse the idea of "seperation of church and state" then you should notify your elected officials that they are in violation of that theory. The welfare system (although it was not called that in Biblical times) is actually something that is a Biblical teaching, and use to be administered by the church -as long as certain criteria was met. However the government got involved...so I guess if you whole heartedly support "seperation of church and state", then ideally there should not be a welfare system run by the government, since it's the responsibility of the church according to the Bible.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The U.S. Constitution does not say anything about separation of church and state. The purpose of the First Amendment is to prevent the government from establishing a national religion, but it goes on to say that congress cannot prohibit the free excercise of religion. The Protestants came over here to get away from the Church of England which was persecuting them. The Protestants wanted to have the freedom to worship and believe what they wanted to. The U.S. Constitution also says that we have freedom of speech. When people prayed at school graduations(before it got banned), the Ten Commandments monuments were at Courthouses and on public land, people want science textbooks to present the creation side of the debate, None of these is a violation of the First Amendment because in none of these cases is the government establishing a national religion. Liberal groups like the ACLU are hell bent on taking away our religious freedoms and freedom of speech. What the ACLU is doing is a blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution and our God given rights.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    there's not enough of it. The government at any level is about roads, schools, hospitals, maintaining civil order, promoting commerce - basic health, education and welfare sorts of issues. Churches are free to get involved in those issues - for their own adherents - but basically don't have any responsibility to non-believers/non-members and non-members have a right to not have a religion's moral viewpoints forced on them by the state.

    For instance, if your church is vegan, that's good for you, but please keep such beliefs out of the law (now it may be perfectly legit to ask for legislation as to what can be labeled 'vegan').

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  • 1 decade ago

    uh, im only in favor of it to a certain degree because at times i think lines are crossed that shouldnt be. if you tell your priest or pastor something in confidence they, of course, should not go behind your back and turn you in.... who cares if you drink, smoke, or have premarital sex. certainly not the govornment on this level anyway. but if you tell your religious advisor that you raped, killed or did some other socially immoral act. then of course the seperation between church and state should be resolved. i dont see how ppl can just confess and then keep right on doing the same things over and over.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The government should establish no religion or prevent the free practice of religion with these caveats:

    No public funds should be used for religious displays. No religious display ON public property. No prayer in public schools -- pray on your own time or go to a religious school. Teach history of all religions in public school. No creationism in science classes.

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  • 1 decade ago

    US will make no laws concerning religion. Period.

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