Originally posted by @kellyjay
So truth, reality according to the state, who owns the truth that they and only they get to
teach it to kids? There is no way the government and the church will ever be separate
unless you keep them apart by not allowing the state to dictate to the church and the
church to dictate to the state. The State demands it's way, so it will no keep its hands of ...[text shortened]... ame building or just
beliefs people who are religious have? Slippery slop you are pushing here!
By "the church", I mean whatever the predominant religion in that country is. In the US, it seems to be evangelical "Christianity". In some countries it might be Islam, in others, maybe Roman Catholicism.
In 1802, Thomas Jefferson wrote this, concerning the First Amendment: "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof", thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties."
Since 1791, when the US Constitution was ratified, this "separation of Church and State" has been respected. And now, this Republican Congress, fresh off its success in cramming its "rob from the poor to pay the rich" tax measures down the throats of Americans, wants to give the Church more power over the State. THIS is the "slippery slope" you mention, and this should be avoided at all costs. It comes frighteningly close to establishing a State Religion.