Should church and state always be separate? Why or why not? What should the nature of their relationship be?
I find it very distressing that there are people who have answered 'No' to this question. There is not a doubt in my mind that church and state must remain separate- at all times. Who is to say that society requires religion to maintain a set of morals? I am in no way religious, and atheist, I suppose, is the easiest way to describe me as far as this forum is concerned. The fact that I am an 'atheist' though, does not mean I am running around the world, raping, killing, stealing, dishonoring my family, coveting my neighbor, eating meat (I actually do that though), doing drugs, breaking laws...
I live my life, trying to better myself as a human being. I contribute to charities (My sister and I participated in the Wiggle Waggle Walk on Saturday which raises money for a local no-kill animal shelter). I love to learn and expand my mind, learn about cultures, and try to respect peoples differences. I try to live my life honestly and to it's fullest. I don't do illegal drugs.
Many crimes have been committed by people who would consider themselves religious. Look at all the people in jail getting their in-house ink of Jesus on the cross, Mary, a cross, and angel, what have you.
In addition, there are so many different types of religion, so many different beliefs, even if you take Christianity which is a popular religion in the states, there are so many different sect with their own little special beliefs.
We should in no way invade peoples personal lives. Our gov't as it is already has too much religion incorporated into it. Our gov't should be looking at things in regards to the safety of our country and our foreign politics. Abortions are not really a security risk to this country, reading Harry Potter won't lead our kids to magick related crimes (there are people who think this and have banned Harry Potter- I never read Harry Potter but the burning of any book is rediculous. I think the Bible in the whole history of the world has caused more problems than any other book, but do you see my calling for a book burning? NO!) Religion has an issue with remaining unbiased, and with so many cultural differences in this country, a melding of church and state would be disastorous.
I am not saying the religion should be outlawed, but just as religions don't like people telling them how they should act or what they think or what they can and cannot do, people don't want to hear it from religion either. Gov't should only be involved when a religion begins to advocate actions that go against the basic foundation and laws of this country (as in interfering with people who themselves are following a way of life that they so see fit-ie bombing abortion clinics, killing doctors, attacking people at planned parent hood, calling for book bans etc) just as religion should should stay out of the Gov't. Also, I do think that people who willingly and knowingly enter a relion, cult, whatever that have certain acts- like...i don't know...blood letting, beatings, whatever then let them do it) Its when they force it onto other people that I have a problem.
I apologize if my train of thought is at all spaztic...it is somewhat late so I may be all over the place.