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    • Jim
    • 05.12.07 | 12:11 (IST)

    When either the power to make or to enforce secular law is exercised by the religious establishment, you no longer have a democracy. Instead you have an ecclesiastical state. The USA puts it quite simply: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...." This means simply that the secular establishment is forbidden to legislate on behalf of a religious body, or to prohibit a religious body from establishing its own traditions. This separation is essential for a true democracy, and forever does away with the contest between two authoritarian establishments which, historically, have been - and, in the absence of such a provision, will always be - at war with each other. Both seek the power of enforcement. In a true democracy, this power must be restricted to the secular arm. Take your pick, democracy or an ecclesiatical state. Religion and politics do not mix.

    from the article: MKs debate protection of 'equality' in future constitution
    First published 00:00 05.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 05.12.07
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