Senior academics in the United States have stressed that separation of church and state in public life is essential to ensure that U.S.citizens retain their civil liberties.
Speaking at an event entitled ‘Is America a Christian Nation?’ organised by the National Press Club, historian and lawyer John Ragosta said that if the U.S. was a Christian nation, it would not have received the support that it has from people of other religious faiths. Despite the fact that American citizens are more religious than those of any other developed nations, he said, religion must remain separate from secular government in the United States.
Jamie Raskin, director of the Law and Government Program at American University‘s School of Lawand also a Maryland state senator, noted that the Constitution allows people to follow whichever religion they desire, but that government should make its decisions based on logic and science. He noted that it may be accurate to label America a Christian nation in a demographic sense, but such a definition extended to constitutional law would destroy secular traditions developed over 200 years.
Theologian John Kinney pointed out that people today are using God to push their political and social agendas. “When we are dragging religion into politics, then we are not searching for truth, but we do it to support our agenda in order to preserve our position, so the necessity for separation of church and state is essential” he said.
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From The Urantia Book:
178:1.9 So long as the rulers of earthly governments seek to exercise the authority of religious dictators, you who believe this gospel can expect only trouble, persecution, and even death. But the very light which you bear to the world, and even the very manner in which you will suffer and die for this gospel of the kingdom, will, in themselves, eventually enlighten the whole world and result in the gradual divorcement of politics and religion. The persistent preaching of this gospel of the kingdom will some day bring to all nations a new and unbelievable liberation, intellectual freedom, and religious liberty.
7. Religion— One of the great peace moves of the ages has been the attempt to separate church and state.