What Would You Say?

Separation of Church and State?

01/9/20

Joseph Backholm

You’re in a conversation about church and politics, and someone says “The Separation of Church and State means churches shouldn’t talk about political issues.”

What would you say?

We all agree that there shouldn’t be a government religion. Those have been common throughout history and America stands for the idea that government shouldn’t force you to believe anything or punish you because of what you believe. So in a sense, we do want church and state to be separate. But does that mean the constitution prohibits religious organizations, or even religious people, from talking about what is happening in government and culture?

No. And here are three reasons why.

1. The Separation of Church and State isn’t in the Constitution.
2. The Constitution protects the church from the state, not the state from the church.
3. In public debates all ideas are welcome. Even religious ones.

 

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