The term “separation of church and state” is often used by leftists to describe their inherent belief that religious and secular values must not be intertwined in government. Leftists exhibit a preconceived notion that religious devotion is what drives the opposition to their belief system. They believe that the pro-life argument is motivated by religious values and that religious hypocrisy is the sole reason why evangelicals support economically-conservative views. As a result, leftists flock from religion and embrace secular values such as collectivism, atheism, and moral relativism. In addition, they call for a complete overhaul of religious values from the affairs of US politics and government.
But what if religious values are inseparable from the state?
From close of observation of the US government as it stands, one can find that many precedents of our system are entrenched in religious belief. For example, let’s look at the laws regarding murder. In all 50 states, murder is illegal and punishable by death, if not lifetime in prison. But an overlooked aspect is the fact that one of the earlier texts that promulgated the notion that murder was wrong is the 10 Commandments. In addition to murder, one can see that theft is also labeled as an immoral act in this document. Just from these two precedents alone, it would be unthinkable to undo them both simply because they come from religious texts.
In addition to moral atrocities, religion has also been used to justify changing the nation for the better. One example is slavery. Prior to the emancipation of slaves, the Abolition Movement that inspired much of the anti-slavery sentiment came from churches. It was not a secular belief system that promulgated the idea that African-Americans were no different from the common man, but a belief system that was rooted in religion. Abolitionists utilized the mention of God-given rights in the Declaration of Independence to persuade opponents that slavery was in contradiction with God’s law. In addition, abolitionists used excerpts from the New Testament of the Bible to make their case. They proclaimed that God loved all individuals and that Jesus taught the importance of treating others how you wish to be treated. All of their espoused values were religious in nature and soon resulted in the emancipation of slaves.
Another big feat that religious values accomplished was the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts of the mid-1960s. As most already know, MLK Jr. was a prominent figure of this time and had a large following. He espoused religious beliefs and used them to argue for civil disobedience of racist laws. MLK’s A Letter From a Birmingham Jail repeatedly makes reference to religion to make the case that the laws of the time were out of harmony with God’s law and thus had to be civilly disobeyed. Subsequently, his letter became a hallmark of the Civil Rights Movement and eventually led to the end of Jim Crow.
So the fact that leftists want to separate religion from the affairs of government is unthinkable. There are simply not many people in this country that would want legalize murder and theft, undo the freedom of African-Americans, and repeal the civil rights laws simply because they were all justified by religious belief. It would be an asinine motion, and none of these laws can even be justified without religion. Only religious beliefs can justify universal truths that our country relies upon now. Murder and theft are always wrong, slavery is always wrong, and the notion of repealing MLK’s contribution is always wrong. The reality is that religion has proven itself to be useful to the goal of creating a more perfect Union.
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