Separate church and state

Former President Jimmy Carter is q Christian. He still teaches Sunday school. He is an independent Baptist because the official Baptists have been under the influence of fundamentalists.

Traditionally the Bassists believed in the separation of church and state as part of their faith.  As a minority they realised the importance of religious freedom for all people. President Carter when he was in the White House practiced this separation.  He left his faith for church and his residence. The West Wing of the White House where politics is run was purely secular.

What unites Christianity and the secular world is the Christian ethic of love. But Christianity and religion in general deals with the divine. Politics deals with the here and now.  It deals with the material needs of people.  Mixing the secular and the spiritual creates anti democratic forces that irrationally oppress the people and especially the poor.

Religiously inspired terrorism should alert us to the danger of this problem. Secular politics isn’t anti religious in itself. It doesn’t compel us to change our moral values. You can be a traditional Christian in your personal life and yet allow others of different faiths and none to flourish where personal morality remains personal.

Carol Hunt has an excellent article in today’s Sunday Independent I hope you read it.

 

 

 

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Author: irishfabian

I am a member of the Irish Labour Party in Cork East.

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