So, for a perfect example of why Separation of Church and State is a great principle, see this article posted just an hour ago on CNN’s website. A small snippet…
Taleban reject calls to save statues**
Oh, and it gets better. They’re also planning on destroying all the statues and other religious artifacts in the museums in Afghanistan. All this because images and likenesses are “un-Islamic” (the Mullah’s words). So now there is an international outcry…even Pakistan, which is a pretty big supporter of the Taleban, is apparently weighing in with their opposition to this edict.
I doubt there’s much of a debate here that this is a problem. But I want to expand on this as an example of why we don’t let nativity scenes and such to be displayed on public grounds here in the U.S. And why we don’t allow public prayers at graduations, and why the Federal Government shouldn’t be using “faith-based” charities to do their job. I am going to employ the slippery slope argument, valid or not, to say that unless we keep the bedfellows of church and state totally separate, we’re in for trouble down the road. Think it can’t happen here? Think again.
Thoughts? Opinions? Disagreement?