Separation of Church and State
Separation of church and states requires the following:
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- The government may not meddle in the affairs of churches.
- Churches may not meddle in the affairs of the government.
- The government may not encourage or discourage any particular religion.
- The government may not fund religious schools, though the non-religious teaching may be funded.
- The government may not teach any particular religion in public schools though it can teach religions in general.
- The churches should not be able to force their religious beliefs into law, e.g. on abortion, contraception, gay marriage, organ transplant, end-of-life decisions…
- No faith-based initiatives.
- No churches endorsing or campaigning for political candidates.
- There are no religious tests to filter out political candidates.
- Churches should not take any money from the government. Doing so will corrupt them. They will come to say only what the government approves of.
- I think churches should pay the same taxes as any other organisation, but that is not traditionally considered part of separation of church and state.
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