LSP asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 10 years ago

Separation of Church and State?

What is your stance on separation of church and state and why?

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  • 10 years ago
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    For. One of the MOST important elements of a free and democratic society is freedom of religion. And religious freedom cannot exist without a strong separation of church and state.

    The Founding Fathers knew this, and that is why they institutionalized it.

    Most of the Founding Fathers believed in God, but many (including Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, James Madison, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson) were deists - they had serious reservations about organized religion in general, and Christianity specifically. Paine once wrote, "of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity."

    Many believe that the U.S. was founded on Christian principles, but this was simply not the case. John Adams addressed this assertion directly in the Treaty of Tripoli (1796): "The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion."

    As Thomas Jefferson put it, “I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.” This is precisely why Christian-themed icons & groups need to stay out of government institutions – because their inclusion marginalizes the non-Christian citizens of a country in which “all men are created equal.”

    The freedom to worship (or not) as we choose is one of the things that makes the U.S. a great place to live.

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    10 years ago

    I agree with the Founding Fathers whose idea it was originally. If you really want to know why and not just start an argument, look their reasons up in a history book...particularly the opinions of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

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  • 10 years ago

    Who doesn't support seperation of church and state...

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