Anti-Democracy advocate, Mixed government is the only good government
THE second point to be examined is, whether the [constitutional ]convention were authorized to frame and propose this mixed Constitution.
Based upon the copious number of recent posts representing a very knuckle-dragging, unintelligent, and superstitious interpretation of Christianity, I would say it is rather obvious that people have freedom of religion. Based upon the responses, I would say a good many people have evolved beyond that very limited understanding of the world around them. As such, there is no mutually exclusive dichotomy here.
The world has always been filled with unenlightened individuals with little understanding of the world about them and who are filled with such fear of anything different that they latch on to fundamentalist dogma that limits this world in such a way as to simplify it down to their level of understanding. Fundies are like the children who find comfort from rigid systems with cut and dried rules for behavior that are never questioned and who are fearful of anything ambiguous or changing. Heck -- we are fighting a war of ideas against exactly such unenlightened people who wish their particular religion to have a stranglehold on all human civilization. The world will always be filled with such people, so it really isn't a matter of their evolving or dying, but the way others who are not so unenlightened deal with them.
If there is any "evolve or die" involved, it works the other way. If people of reason do not evolve a strategy to deal with the Neanderthals, it will be the latter who win out.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
One might ask, Why do the most religious states have the highest teen birth rates? Why do the bible belt states have the highest divorce rates? Why are the poorest states to be found among the most religious states?
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822