Thursday, January 19, 2006

Separation of religion and government

What is so hard to understand about this? The state can not regulate religion. In return, religion can not try to regulate the state. This is to protect both religious people and all citizens of the state. And here is precisely why. If the government doesn't like what you're saying, the government's happy to step in. But it really takes someone going, not just over the edge, but flying over the damned cliff before the government will step in if it's down with what you're saying. I'm leery of voters' guides being distributed by churches, which seems awful close to political advocacy on the part of churches, but there is that whole free speech thing. OK, fair enough.

But for Christ's sake people (pun intended), render unto Caesar. That was good advice back when JC said it and it still holds. Keep your morality close to yourself, but keep it out of the agora. Thanks much.

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