There is absolutely no question that faith is a huge part of American history and culture, and that people of faith … or no faith … are free to be active in politics and government.
I also believe in the separation of church and state, and strongly disagree that mixing religion and politics or government is good.
While the United States Constitution nowhere mentions “God” or “Jesus Christ”, it does mention religion. Article 6, Section 3 says: “… no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust”.
And the First Amendment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
That’s enough for me. But I also look at some states in the Middle East as evidence of the harm that can come from mixing religion and government.
It makes me very nervous when politicians talk about bringing religion into the government.
Our thought for today is from Robert Jackson:
“The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.”