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Church and State

Facts from this article, "Church and state should be separate," are considered.

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Wolfe strongly advocates the separation of church and state due to political, ethical, multicultural , legal, and historical reasons. Wolfe supports the separation of church and state based on political ethics. He claims that "blending religion with politics increases the risk of corruption within government."

Besides decreasing risks of corruption, Wolfe also suggests that the separation of church and state further supports America's multicultural or religious diversity. For example, Wolfe maintains that "all too often governments dominated by members of majority religions make policies that harm members of minority faiths." He advocates the treatment of all religions equally by saying that "the best way to avoid favoring one religion over another may be to treat them all in a hands-off manner."

Finally, Wolfe uses the majority of his article to offer historical and legal reasons for a separation of church and state. Wolfe examines America's past, and Hamburger's research to trace the historical accuracy of this issue. Wolfe clarifies that when American forefathers "used the term separation of church and state, they were not defending an ideal but launching an attack on those who denied such a self-evident truth."

Wolfe also focuses on Jefferson's famous letter and its role in the state/church issue. Wolfe further clarifies 19th Century Protestant versus Catholic ...

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This posting questions the church versus state debate.