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|Separation of church and state ...|
Perhaps one of the most shocking examples of "missing the point" is this continuing matter of "separation of church and state."
The usual position and argument for this misguided concept is the idea that God, religion, the Bible etc. must not ever overlap or be a part of government. (Of course those making big noises about this have never been as quiet on the subject as they have since September 11)
I say "misguided" (and that would be whether intentionally or unintentional), because that is what it is. Anyone with enough gumption (common sense) to make it to the Senate or the House of Representatives, should recognize that our "Founding Fathers" had nothing even close to that idea in mind. Their concern was simply that America never allowed to be plagued with the same thing they had left Europe to escape: a national church which pressured, or even forced, the citizens to be in the "National Church." Everyone who has done any traveling in European countries, if at all concerned about religion, knows very well that not only did that situation exist at the time our forefathers landed on our shores ... but that it still continues to a major degree.
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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Leonard Gray is a retired foreign missionary. If you would like to talk to him about this or any other religion related subject, you may call him at (318) 299-7610.