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Church should not influence state
Religion has no place in politics
Published 1/26/2012
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The influence of religion has begun creeping its way into our government. This violates the age-old rule of separating church and state, and could lead to the permanent corruption of government. 

The separation of church and state dates back far before the creation of the United States of America. It is a concept that some keep close to heart while others do not care to follow. I am one of those who believe that although religion has its place in the hearts of millions of Americans, it has absolutely no place in the heart of our government. When this country was founded it consisted of pilgrims, fresh off their chosen vessel, ecstatic they had found a place where they would not be religiously persecuted. That is the great thing about this country. People can practice whatever religion they please, and most people will not attack them for it.

During the past few years though, religion has managed to trickle its way into our government, both corrupting our politicians and leading them to enforce arguably stupid decisions. The first example I can think of was back in 2005 when George W. Bush was president. 

Palestinian foreign minister, Nabil Shaath quoted Bush, “President Bush said to all of us: ‘I am driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, “George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan.” And I did. And then God would tell me “George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq.” And I did.’”

This is absolutely unacceptable — there have been many governments in the past who based their government on their religion. These almost all failed for that exact reason. A corrupt leader would gain power and lie to people telling them that God told him or her that their country should attack another country. That attack would lead to the end of the empire or civilization.

The same will happen to the U.S. if we continue on our path towards combining church and state.

Many will argue religion and government are not combining. To this I challenge you to look at some of the Republican debates and commercials. Former presidential candidate Rick Perry used religion as a main selling point in his campaign. Religion should play no part in the
government.

Our national motto may in fact be “In God We Trust,” and President Barack Obama has fought to keep it that way. However that does not mean God runs this country, so God should have no more say than you or I. I have no problem with our national motto having God in it, everyone in this country has a right to find a religion that fits their lifestyle; religion helps people through hard times and gives them something to hold on to. But the fact of the matter is when we sit down to make those important decisions, God’s hand cannot and should never be allowed to touch the laws of our government or influence the decisions our officials make.

Just because God supposedly told a politician to do something does not make it the right thing to do. The fact that they claimed God told them to do it should not play a role in their decision making process.

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