A Simple Explanation For Those Who Don’t Seem to Get Why Religion Should Stay Out of Government

religion-governmentHi, I’m Allen.  I’m a liberal and I’m also a Christian — you know, something many conservative “Christians” believe isn’t possible.  To many of these people, liberals are basically the anti-Christ.  I guess it’s because we actually believe in equal rights, helping the poor, giving access to health care for every American, and that we should accept people who are different — not judge them.

Beliefs straight out of the bowels of hell, I tell ya.

But this is the thing about religion — nobody is right and nobody is wrong.  That’s why it’s called faith.  Especially in a country where freedom of religion is one of the cornerstones on which this nation was founded.

I am free to be a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist — or nothing.  Isn’t that awesome?  Hell, I could identify with a different religion every single day of the week if I really wanted to.  Nobody can stop me.

I can be a liberal Christian and someone else can be a conservative Christian.  And we can drastically disagree on damn near everything.  Hell, we do.

So as a Christian, I disagree with my conservative counterparts about homosexuality and a host of other issues.

That’s about it.  We disagree, and that’s why laws have no business being based on religion.  As far as human rights go, it shouldn’t be a debate.  Every human should be given the same rights — period.  That’s not a religious belief, that’s common sense.

But some people interpret their religion as not allowing for that.  Religious beliefs that tens of millions of people disagree with.

Again, it’s a good thing we have a separation of church and state in this country (or at least we’re supposed to).

Here’s a great rule I think we should live by:

If there’s a God (as Christians believe there is) who will judge us for our “sins” in life, let’s just go ahead and let God handle that once we’ve passed on.  Until then, practice your religion privately (or in places meant for religious practice) and let’s let public life be handled based on general human rights — not any specific religious set of beliefs.  Because even within the same faith people can’t agree, so how can one faith set rules for everyone?  Especially in a country based on religious freedom.

Seems simple, right?  I think so.

Because as far as “faith” goes, nobody is really right and nobody is really wrong.  Well, at least not in a country with religious freedom like we have here in the United States.  We might all disagree with one another, but that doesn’t “prove” someone’s religion (or interpretation of their religion) is right or wrong.  It just means we have a difference of opinion about our own personal religious beliefs, or lack thereof.

That’s what makes the First Amendment so wonderful.  We’re given the right to privately believe whatever we want to believe without fear of prosecution.

Keyword being privately.  

Or am I wrong?  Has every Christian — and American — agreed on one singular religion?  If so, then by all means let’s set rules based on those principles.

Too bad that will never happen.

So, since it won’t happen — let’s just go ahead and leave religion out of government.  You know, the whole “freedom of (or from) religion,” just like our First Amendment promises.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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