Sunday, December 11, 2005

Party of Me: Separation of Church and State

The separation of church and state is fundamentally invalid for the following reasons:

First, religion forms the most fundamental beliefs of an individual. Aquinas' Four Ways (of proving the existence of God) include the idea that for every conclusion, there must be a premise, and every premise is, in itself, the conclusion of another premise. Eventually, therefore, there must be a foundational premise, an unquestioned and unquestionable believe on which the whole structure of thought is based. Religion is just such a basis. To separate church and state is to deny the ability of some individuals to partcipate fully in the political process.

Second, religion as an organization is no different from any other ideologically based organization. Yet, unless they have demonstrated themselves to be unalterably dangerous, those organizations are still permitted to participate.

Third, the separation of church and state can create a situation of minority rule. With the separation of church and state, despite how large a percentage of the population desires something to remain in place, a minority as small as one can challenge it in court and have it removed.

Fourth, the difficulty with the church is not with the church per se, it is with a dominant church preventing others from participating fully. We have had the same problem with some groups preventing others from participating fully. Men have kept women from participating. Whites have kept blacks from participating. The rich have kept the poor from participating. Yet we do not ban whites, men, and the rich from participating, and separate them from politics. Rather, we passed laws protecting the rights of minorities to participate. Do not separate church and state; pass laws instead that protect the rights of all churches to participate in the state.

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