There has been a lot of talk about the seperation of Church and State.
Is it explicitly in our Constitution? No.
Is it implied in our Constitution? In a manner of speaking.
Is it something that should be in our Constitution? Absolutely.
What got me thinking about this issue is GOP candidate Ken Buck who has consistently expressed his negative feelings about the seperation between church and state. Here’s his stance on the issue as quoted from the Huffington Post:
Yes, we have separation of church and state. We don’t want a state-sponsored religion, but no it doesn’t mean that churches and government should never interact, and that wall that people are trying to form between the two and punish religion is something that I think has gone in the wrong direction, and I think what President Bush did with faith-based programs that worked with the government is exactly the right idea.
So he wants more religion in our country? There could be worse things I suppose. We just have to pay attention to what angle Buck is interested in here. He’s shown his support for posting the 10 Commandments in public places. That’s all fine and dandy but will he also support the display of the Wiccan Rede? What about Muslim Tenants? The Buddhist Eightfold Path? Surely someone who is interested in moving this nation away from secularism will want as much religious belief flaoting around as possible. While this would make sense, I have my doubts. It might trouble some Christians (as I’m assuming Buck to be) to see the Wiccan Rede next to Commandment #1 about having no other gods, or something like that. I remember reading somewhere that the Christian God has an issue with jealousy.
I just find it very unlikely that many of these Tea Party GOP people would stand up in support of legislature supporting Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or Wiccans. What think you?