April 1, 2014
In an atheistic state, true freedom is dead
The "wall of separation between church and state" doesn't mean the public square should be free from the presence or influence of faith. It means our faith is free from the strong arming influence of the state, and we can express it ANYWHERE and let it influence every activity we engage in (not just the way we worship behind closed doors...but, for example, even the kind of health care we people of faith provide our employees). I'm not pushing for theocracy. But the opposite extreme is an "atheocracy," which would put our deepest convictions about God, who we are, and the meaning of life under the control of a state that picks where, when, and how we express those convictions. In such a state, true freedom is dead. (The HHS mandate is about more than insurance for contraception and abortifacients, folks.)
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An excellent video, though it is worth noting that the phrase "wall of separation between church and state" does not appear in our founding documents.ReplyDelete
The phrase first appeared in an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson which the Supreme Court cited out of context in 1947 to construct a constitutional principal.
As Supreme Court Justice Rehnquist wrote, "The 'wall of separation between church and State' is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned."