As I was driving to work today, I saw a vacant lot with a sign proclaiming it to be the "Future home of [some] Church of Christ." The first thing I thought was, "aren't they all Christ's churches?"
The second thing I thought was, "There goes another ratable." Another currently taxable property is being turned over to a group who will develop it, use our resources and not pay taxes on the property.
That started off the chain of thought that wondered about (a) why it was necessary to build another church and (b) the whole separation of church and state thing.
The phrase separation of church and state is generally traced to a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the Danbury Baptists, in which he referred to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as creating a "wall of separation" between church and state. The phrase was then quoted by the United States Supreme Court first in 1878, and then in a series of cases starting in 1947.
Supposedly, we separate secular government from religion. That's the idea, anyway.
Why then, do religious groups like so-called Christian Evangelicals and Catholics have a say in who is elected to political office in this country? Shouldn't they, by order of the U.S. Constitution be told to "shut up and sit down?"
Bring it up around your lunch table at work. Let me know how it goes.