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Switch to Forum Live View Separation of church and state.
2 years ago  ::  Feb 27, 2012 - 3:31PM #51
TPaine
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The only reason I can see for opposition to the concept of separation of church and state is the desire to impose the opponent's religious beliefs on society. What supporters of this desire to establish such precepts seem to forget is that the authority that establishes them can at any time just as easily establish the tenets of any other religion in it's place.

"When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness: When these things can be said, then may the country boast its constitution and its government." -- Thomas Paine: The Rights Of Man (1791)
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