Friday, January 13, 2006

The High Price of Religious Privilege

Kudos to Bruce Gourley for his essay, "In Response to . . . Franklin Graham on Separation of Church and State". Gourley examines the role that privileges extended to church and clergy have played in undermining the principle of church-state separation. Here's a quote:

John Leland understood that an attitude of expected favoritism from the state, in any form, trivializes the gospel and cheapens the Church. Yet one could argue that virtually all contemporary Baptists (and most Christians) in America today expect some form of favoritism from the government by virtue of their faith, whether it be government enforcement of a particular brand of morality, the teaching of certain religious views in our nation's schools, the public display of a portion of our faith's sacred text, or an exemption from taxes for clergy and church.

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