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    Posted May 6, 2012 by
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    Separation of Church and State

    We as a people have a long history with this issue. So long in fact, that it was one of the reasons the US was created as the Mayflower landed on the shores of America; freedom of religion.
    The phrase was first used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association on January 1, 1802. The concept was first discussed by philosopher John Locke. A beautiful concept, the ability to worship in private or public without fear of persecution from the authorities and in our Constitution guaranteed.
    Seeing the politics of our country as of late it almost seems that this guarantee doesn't exist. Either you are Christian or you are an outcast.
    One of the things I love about our country is the diversity of our people and the union we have as a people.
    I fear that this separation is eroding away by the people I call "religious hypocrites" who wear their religion on their sleeves and not in their hearts and souls.
    I realize that some religions put conditions on their congregations but they should not put it on non believers as is happening now. There hardly goes a day that we don't see a church or head of church demanding laws that are exclusive to their beliefs.
    Marriage, abortion, sexual orientation is but a few of the issues being discussed in politics under the pressures of religion. These issues affect all of us not just some and fall under the "separation of church and state". No one sector of society should have a monopoly on ideologies that are religious.
    If your religion prohibits you from aborting, lying down with your own sex, etc. then don't. There are other religions that don't share these and should not be forced to; neither should a people be forced to believe.
    To our political hopefuls, please keep in mind this precious freedom we have. Don't make your platform a religious one and to the religious leaders don't turn your religion into a political platform.
    As a Christian I am reminded of Jesus in the church where He lashed out at the merchants surrounding it. I am also reminded that He gave us freedom to choose and that this freedom is a private matter for our souls not for the masses.
    Govern with principles not with piety.
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