February 21, 2008

Grafitti on the Wall of Separation

These week, a well-written editorial composed by teen Colin Killick was published in the Tucson Citizen on the issue of the separation of church and state. In it, he elaborates on the importance to keep them separate, mainly to protect them from the undue influence of each other. I'm unsure of his motivation to write this piece apart from the nominating process we are currently engaged in-he never clarifies that for the reader.

Because Colin is a high school student, I especially want to encourage him to probe this issue at a deeper level. So much more can and should be said by him on the role that worldview and presuppositions play on everyone, including individuals in the public square. Political philosophy must be studied alongside religion and moral philosophy-and sometimes it is impossible to differentiate between the two. In his own words, he leaves a clue that he may have a minimal understanding of the role worldviews play: "While religion naturally informs the ethical beliefs of our legislators, religious doctrine must never be established as law."

Two questions need to be asked at this point. How can legislators not allow religion to inform the legislative process if their ethics are naturally informed by their religion? What constitutes a religion? The answers to these questions reveal that there is much more religion in the public square than people care to admit, it just isn't Christianity. The truth of the matter is that there is ultimately no problem with religion as long as it is not of the evangelical brand.
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