Knocking Holes in the Wall Between Church and State Hurts Both

There is no question that breaking holes in the wall between Church and State does immeasurable harm to the Republic. I never considered that the harm might flow both ways. The Christian Science Monitor has a great editorial that shows the other side.

[Bush faith-based initiatives] gave spirituality a bad name in social-service circles. Sad, since spiritual or religious beliefs and practices help millions of people recover from addiction, mental illness and criminality. Unlike other social services that provide a generic good, such as housing, rehab programs often invoke spirituality as the very means of recovery. But after six years of faith-based talk and funding by federal agencies, mental-health and addictions-treatment professionals are wary of spiritual interventions, which they associate with one religious brand: the conservative Christianity of Bush partisans. (source)

2 Responses to Knocking Holes in the Wall Between Church and State Hurts Both

  1. Kurt Hunt says:

    I have a friend in law school who is my religious polar opposite, but we both agree about the church/state issue for exactly the reason you describe. I view it as preventing the State from being guided by religion, he views it as preventing the harmful politicization of religion.

    We even agree about the details, such as removing “In God We Trust” from currency.

  2. Kurt! Welcome back!

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