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    Do you favor Religious Government?

    The debate of Seperation of Church and State has reared its ugly head once again.

    My view here is, if you are against Seperation of Church and State, then you must be for Religious government

    I.E. Basing laws and policy using Religious texts.

    While some things are more obvious and common sense, such as making murder illegal, other things such as making other religions illegal, teaching only creationism in schools etc... would be against the seperation of church and state.

    Is this something you advocate?

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    Re: Do you favor Religious Government?

    My view is that the wording of the first amendment is pretty clear cut and obvious on this one. Making no law means that goverment stays out of religious affairs. Ideally the way it should work is that a citizen uses their religious belief (or lack thereof) to inform them on morality. They than use that morality as part of their perspective on government and civil society. As Jefferson puts it, there is a wall of separation. They only indirectly interact through the filter of each citizen's mind and beliefs.

    As a practical matter, government and religion directly mixing ends with the corruption of both as we have seen numerous times throughout history.
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    Re: Do you favor Religious Government?

    I advocate religious government, I just don't advocate the same religion that 90% of the nation follows.

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    Re: Do you favor Religious Government?

    No, exactly the opposite.

    I want the "religious test" bit removed from the American canon and replaced with a test that ensures we have sufficiently un-religious people in office.

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    Re: Do you favor Religious Government?

    I advocate religious morals in government, but not a theocracy.
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    Re: Do you favor Religious Government?

    Hell no. When you mix religion, and politics, people's heads start to fly.
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    Re: Do you favor Religious Government?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I advocate religious morals in government, but not a theocracy.
    What's the difference?
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    Re: Do you favor Religious Government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    What's the difference?
    The church doesn't run the state. The government is secular in that there is no denominational affiliation towards anything religious or irreligious (a Christian, Islamic, or atheistic formal state ideology). I think people with religious morals are equal with those who have secular/irreligious morals and should not be denied to have their voices heard through voting because their beliefs stem from their religion. I don't believe in separating religion and politics when it comes to one's personal political philosophy.
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    Re: Do you favor Religious Government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    What's the difference?
    There is a huge difference as it preserves your right to believe as you see fit.

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    Re: Do you favor Religious Government?

    Perhaps a government that reflects our certain religious virtues, but not a religious government in of itself.
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