I Guess Church/State Separation Advocates Are Extremists Now February 3, 2015

I Guess Church/State Separation Advocates Are Extremists Now

My friend Anu Garg runs the popular website Wordsmith.org, where he teaches you a Word of the Day complete with pronunciation, etymology, etc.

This week’s theme is “Words from the Bible” and Garg introduces the theme with some thoughts on religion and politics:

In the last election for the US president, no fewer than three presidential hopefuls received the backing of god. Clearly god likes to hedge his bets. Not sure why he changed his mind later on and dumped all three endorsees.

Why not vote for the most capable candidate irrespective of whether she bows to a particular god, or how often, or how long? Mixing religion and state is like mixing water and petrol. It spoils both. And it creates a hazard.

At one time both the religious leader and the political leader was one and the same person. In some places that’s still the norm and the results are disastrous.

In response, one commenter asked him why he has to be so mean about religion:

Your extreme political views mixed in spoil it. The free exercise of religion and the flourishing of faith are pre-conditions for flourishing democracy. Religious intolerance is just that. Bigotry of any type is wrong. Yours pollutes the environment on which your freedom relies.

Who knew advocates of church/state separation were political extremists…? On the bright side, the word “nimrod” was inadvertently defined.

(Image via Shutterstock. Portions of this article were posted earlier)

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