separation of church and state?
It's funny how the separation of church and state is religious oppression only if it applies to Christians. WHat did this lady mean by this??
but what did she mean by this exactly? did she mean that it oppresses christians because the laws aren't based on Christianity but when it comes to jews and muslims when they want a religious based country it's wrong??
- Anonymous8 years agoFavorite Answer
The issue of the separation of church and state is one that has prompted much debate. In spite of the rhetoric common to revisionist historians, our founding fathers did not seek to eradicate religion in America. Indeed, an overwhelming majority of those who signed the Declaration of Independence counted themselves as men of faith. It may come as a surprise, then, for many to learn that nowhere in the Constitution do the words “separation of church and state” appear. It simply is not there. The idea of church/state separation came from a letter penned by Thomas Jefferson. Again, contrary to the nonsensical propaganda from the revisionists, Jefferson’s cause was to protect religious liberties from an intrusive government! In no way did Jefferson or any of the other framers of the U.S. Constitution seek to restrict Americans’ religious activities.
We live in a democracy rather than a theocracy—and for good reason. State-sanctioned churches become puppets of the government. Under such circumstances, the edicts of fallible man take precedence over the inspired teachings of Scripture. When the state heads the church, the integrity of the gospel is all too easily compromised. Likewise, civil servants living on tax dollars are unfit for serving as pastors, for their loyalties are divided between the One who calls them and the other who feeds them. Such compromises do not belong in the pulpit. Let the government build roads, and let Christ build His church.
Another bit of nonsense being force-fed to the public is the notion that men and women of faith have no business in politics. But it is hardly a secret that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were men of deep, unwavering Christian faith. Their personal writings, public statements, church involvement, and the testimony of their families reveal their lifelong commitment to Christianity. They were hardly alone in their faith; again, the majority of our nation’s founders aligned themselves with Christianity.
A Christian should view the separation of church and state to be a good thing. Those who wish to combine them usually do so thinking that Christianity is the only religion that will be state-sanctioned. The opposite is true. Once the state aligns itself with religion, the floodgates will be opened for any and all religions to take their place in government.
- Anonymous8 years ago
The constitution puts restrictions on the state, not the Church. The state is forbidden to establish Christianity as a state religion. Christians have the right to vote, run for office, pass laws, and enter the public discussion of laws and policy. So do non Christians.
The days when Calvinist Protestantism was the de facto established religion, as in the 1950s, should not be brought back. Too many elements of society were excluded from the public sphere because of it. This is not good for a liberal democracy.
There is a difference between oppression and loss of privilege.
- TrAtheistLv 78 years ago
Actually, when Separation of Church and State was first coined, it was the Christians who pushed for it. They did not want government controlling what they do under their roofs. If Christians feel oppressed by it, they have only their forefathers to blame.
Now, if Christian organizations want a say in public policy, they should have to pay taxes. They don't, so they can keep their ridiculous rules to themselves and quit trying to force them on the rest of American society.
We are ALL protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
- PolytheistLv 78 years ago
because foolish Christians think and assume that America is a Christian nation
These two are about separation of church and state
Treat of Tripoli
As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
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- ewertLv 43 years ago
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- Anonymous8 years ago
The founding fathers never intended such a separation, which is why it's not in the constitution.
They certainly never intended the first amendment to be used to oppress the expression of religious beliefs.
- jenniferLv 58 years ago
i agree, but which lady?