Religion in public spaces
Posted by aogFriday, 06 June 2003 at 10:30 TrackBack Ping URL
A discussion at the Brothers Judd hit on the subject of religion in public spaces. I believe in state nuetrality toward religion but that's not the same thing as the abscence of religion in public spaces. To me the difference is the source of the religion. I am fine with a religion of men, not laws. As the Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion". However, the explicit forbiding of religion in public spaces is in effect a law about religion so I don't support that either. What is acceptable is that religion is associated with a specific individual who can be held democratically accountable for it, just like any other body of thought (such as Marxism, Socialism or Libertarianism). This will of course disadvantage those with minority religious beliefs, but no more so than those of us with ideological minority views. It is by limiting the powers of the government that we prevent the ravages of religion we've seen in the past, not by striking at religion directly.