William Thien

The End of the Separation of Church and State

Posted on: May 27, 2011

When the fine young president George Bush Jr. brought forth the idea of Faith Based Initiatives I was exclaiming then to members of a conservative email list that this signified the end of the separation of church and state. People were surprised. It seemed like a major digression away from small government and involved the incorporation of religious behavior on to the tax rolls, something the founding fathers of this country worked hard to prevent in The Constitution of The United States.

But in reality the end of the separation of church and state (church as state) happened decades before Faith Based Initiatives when private religious universities and colleges began receiving student aid and loans even at the very least subsidized by the federal government (the taxpayers).

It goes even further today with the advent of public school voucher programs where private elementary and high schools of a religious nature now receive public taxpayer dollars in the form of school vouchers to cover the cost of tuition. Doesn’t matter really what religion they are, or the nature of the particular religion, whether they be secretly fundamentalist or radical, if they are bona fide voucher schools, they get our money.

Now, I’m not against religion. You know that. But there is a very good reason for the separation of church and state. For one, how do you regulate the types and forms of the various religions taught in the variety of schools that receive taxpayer funds? You don’t. The bureaucracy required to do something like that would be another crushing weight to the taxpayer. And so once the ideal of the separation of church and state was punctured by the ideal of insuring our population was educated, even by the so-called finest and most prestigious and exclusive, religious schools, the money began to flow and it hasn’t stopped since. What the country’s founding fathers had exorcised by design from this country’s political makeup has now possessed the body politic of America.

Now not only must the taxpayer fight bureaucracy to see that their taxes are kept in line, the bureaucracy suddenly has a far more powerful advocate on its side, religion, superstition. Faith Based initiatives made keeping your taxes down much more difficult. Now religion is at the public trough as well. This to me seems like the most significant reason our country’s founding fathers wanted to declare the separation in the first place. It is expensive to believe in God. Now the taxpayer is not only fighting bureaucracy, he, she, is fighting God as well.

Add to that we are foisting much religious nonsense on our most impressionable, the children. Will God ever forgive us? Of course, if we pay our taxes.

So, I don’t really know why I was so surprised at the advent of Faith Based Initiatives. The end of the separation of church and state ended a long time ago, long before George Bush Jr.

And you wonder why your taxes are so high. In the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit…

Copyright © William Thien 2011

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3 Responses to "The End of the Separation of Church and State"

hear hear or here here which ever you use.

Thank you for your kind words about my commentary on the unconstitutional alliance between the US Government and religion. You are very brave to comment.

What is even more disconcerting about Faith Based Initiatives and providing tax dollars to religious voucher schools and private religious universities is that we are putting churches and religious organizations on the tax rolls when churches and religious organizations are by definition free of taxation. So, they pay no taxes but benefit from taxes and taxation. It’s like the most incredible business plan where they sell a product that requires no industrial production, does not offer a physical product, and causes the ignorant and uninitiated to believe in something to which there is no empirical or scientific evidence as to its truth. It is in fact the most perfect business plan, The problem is there really is no way to tell who is the scoundrel and who is not. That in the business world is by definition “a scam.” Yet, as soon as you mention God, you are exempt. It’s tricky stuff and probably why the country’s founding fathers designed into the law the separation of church and state.

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