Johnny Skeptic

The Separation of Church and State

The separation of church and state is a much debated issue in the U.S. Debates address legal issues regarding the Constitution, and moral issues regarding what government policy ought to be aside from what the Constitution says and means. For purposes of this essay, I will only discuss what government policy ought to be aside from what the Constitution says and means.

 

Many conservative Christians support and oppose legislations based solely upon religion. It is my position that it is immoral to support and oppose legislations based solely upon religion. If Muslims were to one day comprise the majority of voters in the  U.S., and supported legislations based solely upon the Koran, surely conservative Christians would object. Therefore, I encourage conservative Christians who support and oppose legislations based solely upon religion (and that includes the issues of same-sex marriage, abortion, physician assisted suicide, and allowing openly homosexual people to join the military) to support and oppose legislations only if some of their reasons do not have anything to do with religion. After all, in the New International Version of the Bible, Matthew 7:12 says “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

 

Regarding allowing openly homosexual people to join the military, I invite readers to visit the IIDB (Internet Infidels Discussion Board), which is a part of the Secular Web, and read a thread (topics are called threads at the IIDB) regarding this issue. The link is http://iidb.infidels.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=238648. Regarding the issue of physician assisted suicide, I invite readers to read a thread at http://iidb.infidels.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=226918. Regarding the issue of the separation of church and state, I invite readers to read a thread at http://iidb.infidels.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=237228. Anyone can join the IIDB at no cost and make posts in existing threads, or start their own threads. Moderators enforce proper behavior. There are forums at the IIDB where non-religious topics can be discussed. Since the Secular Web and the IIDB are worldwide, readers and participants derive benefits from the diverse audience.