Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hey, Church... Stay Out of My Government!

Lots of church vs. state issues in the news lately, especially among the Republican presidential candidates and their followers. I happen to believe strongly--some might say 'diabolically'--in the separation of church and state. Do you? 

Here are just a few quotes from some of our famous historical ancestors on the subject. They may surprise you...

"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities." Voltaire

"Faith means not wanting to know what is true." Nietzsche (This is one of my favorites!)

"The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma." Lincoln

"Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?" Arthur C. Clarke

"Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies." Thomas Jefferson

Yes, even our great ancestor, Thomas Jefferson--philanderer though he was--knew that this nation could not and should not be founded upon nor based upon religion.

With all that in mind, I offer this challenge: Unless it can be proven that theocracy is better than democracy, even a flawed one, then those who advocate any form of theocracy must quietly fade into the background and let America get on with healing itself. We do not need anyone's religious creed to find our way through this current shadow. We are fine without it.

One more for the road...

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