Entries in Separation of Church and State (2)


Perry Urges Worshippers to Disregard 'Politically Correct Police'

Toni Sandys/The Washington Post(CHARLES CITY, Iowa) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged churchgoers in Iowa Sunday to ignore the “politically correct police” who believe separation of church and state does not allow for faith to be present in the public arena, telling the churchgoers they are “biblically charged” to take their faith into the public sphere.

“In the world today, we get often told -- particularly people of faith -- that you leave your faith at the door or on the steps of a public arena, as those that I refer to as the ‘politically correct police’ who say you can’t bring your faith into public arena,” Perry told the crowd of nearly 90 Methodists at the First Wesleyan Church.

“You will be criticized.  Do not be intimidated,” Perry said.  “Somebody’s values are going to decide the issues of the day.  Whatever they may be, whatever policies are being discussed in city council meeting or on the school board or at the state capitol or in our nation’s capital.  Somebody’s values are going to be installed, if you will.  The question is going to be, whose values?  Is it going to be those of us of faith or is it going to be somebody else’s values?”

Perry’s charge was a repeat of a similar message he spread at two church services last Sunday in Waukee, Iowa.  Perry never mentioned his presidential campaign, nor did he discuss President Obama waging a “war on religion” -- a claim the Texas governor has made in recent weeks on the airwaves and speeches in Iowa.  Instead, he relayed Bible passages such as Isaiah 6:8, which reads, “Here am I, Send me.”

At the conclusion of his speech, Pastor Denis Bachman thanked Perry “for taking a stand” for people of faith and told the group of worshipers to take note of the marquee outside the church, which reads: “We’re not afraid to say Merry Christmas around here.”

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Colorado Sen. Candidate: ‘Disagree with Separation of Church and State’

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- For at least the third time during the 2010 campaign, a Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate is drawing fire from his Democratic opponents for publicly opposing a rigid separation of church and state.

“I disagree strongly with the concept of a separation of church and state,” Colorado Republican Ken Buck said at a senatorial candidate forum last year.  The comments resurfaced recently after liberal blog Think Progress posted them.

“It was not written into the Constitution,” Buck says of separation. “While we have a Constitution that is very strong in the sense that we are not going to have a religion that's sanctioned by the government, it doesn't mean that we need to have a separation between government and religion. And so that, that concerns me a great deal.”

Buck has advocated for a closer relationship between faith-based groups and government, telling a group of Tea Party members in July that secularism in the U.S. is a “very scary concept” and that “the key to a democracy is that we have a public ethic, that we have a public morality.”

Buck’s view of the constitutionally-permissible relationship between religion and government is shared by many conservative Constitutional scholars and other Tea Party candidates, including Sharron Angle of Nevada and Christine O’Donnell of Delaware.

The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." But it does not specifically state that there should be a "separation of church and state" as has been popularly construed.

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