I’m not actually for the separation of Church and State. Not at all.
I would like to believe that most people seek the guidance of a higher power in most of what they do in and with their lives.
So if what is meant by this separation is for the State to be a distinct entity not at all related to the Church / Synagogue / Mosque / Sweat Lodge / Whatever, I would like to think that there is some causal relationship between the two.
I wouldn’t, for instance, want to see someone vote or make interpersonal or even business decisions based on whatever flipped their trigger at the time.
I just don’t want there to be any connection between our Nation and THE church, meaning whichever one that someone chooses to appoint.
Which would, in turn, mean their church. The one that caters to them. The one that teaches what they want to believe.
Regardless of what the Evangelical thumpers want everybody to agree on, the United States of America is NOT a Christian nation.
First off, if we were, how can you account for the fact that so many people treat so many other people like shit? That some people do not seem to accept that taking care of those less fortunate does not fit into their beliefs?
Secondly, how is it there are so many Christian denominations that can’t even agree on what the Bible says? It’s not even what the Bible “says”, it’s what the Bible “tells them”. It’s their interpretation of the Bible. It’s their favorite translation of the Bible. There are some who insist that Christ dying for our sins absolves us of any responsibility for whatever it is we do. That once you are forgiven, you’re cool. That all your actions are predetermined so you really can’t be held responsible or culpable for anything you will ever do because it was God’s will all along.
You know: the Church of Casey Anthony.
Others will tell you that your ass is on the line for every thought you have or action you take since you were in diapers.
My God (and yours, I guess), Catholics can get away with almost anything if they cower in front of a priest, and if you believe a lot of the stories about those guys, there aren’t enough candles or beads out there to get those guys off the hook.
You want a bunch of in-fighters running the show? You’ll never know where you stand.
And finally, good luck trying to explain to the Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics and Liberal Democrats that Christians call all the theological shots.
I hope we’re genuinely a spiritual nation, but don’t label it beyond that and don’t even try to tell me I’m going to hell because I didn’t support the same candidate or measure you did.
But there are some of you out there who have really deluded yourselves into thinking I will.