Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Jakes Favors Church-State Separation

USA Today published an article today that indicates Dallas Mega-church pastor T.D. Jakes favors separation of chuch and state. Here are a few paragraphs:

It is Jakes' super-pastor standing that makes his answer to the question so important. "I don't think we are a Christian nation," he said. "And I don't think we were meant to be."

In saying this, Jakes - whose appeal crosses racial and ethnic lines - put himself at loggerheads with those on the religious right who claim that this nation is a Christian state and who clamor for politicians to follow their lead. Their push for government action to allow school prayer, and for the federal government to fund just abstinence-only sex education programs and to ban gay marriages, is rooted in their belief that this country's government is a secular instrument of their religion.

Jakes, on the other hand, sees a clear distinction between his ministry and the role of the ministers of this nation's government. "As we continue to try to politicize God, or market God, or say that America is Christian, or that God is with one (political) party, or that God is here and not there, it only further points to the fact that we don't understand how big God is - and how great God is," he said.

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