He agrees: Church, state should be separate
I would like to thank Ned Walsh for his response to my letter. I am sorry I misunderstood the statement he made about “Christian Sharia Law.” Surely there is nothing Christian about lawlessness of any kind.
Mr. Walsh is correct in stating that Christian Dominionism should have no place in our government. Dominionism in any form is foreign to us, and all religions should be welcomed. However, demonstrations of Sharia law are evident in the Democratic Party as well as the Republican Party. I recall a certain government official from the Democratic side who pronounced guilt of murder on six police officers before they were brought to trial.
Mr. Walsh is also correct in stating that the words “under God” were inserted in 1953 under the Eisenhower administration and were not necessarily referring to our Christian God. I was referring to Christian principles, not Christianity itself.
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As to the history of the separation of church and state, my understanding is that we as a government, being now independent of English rule, chose a form of church government that excludes dominance from state government. We do not have a state church with laws to which it must conform, such as taxes, etc.
The church is certainly subject to state law, but it is not to be ruled by the state, nor are taxes to be exacted from the church by the state. If I am wrong, Mr. Walsh, please feel free to correct me.
Finally, I would request better clarification concerning the statement that Allah and God are the same divine being. I have no idea what the Koran teaches, but the Bible teaches there is one God, in three persons, and Allah is not one of them.