Sunday, March 01, 2015

The way we were: Ronald Reagan on church and state

Ronald Reagan's church put this together to commemorate the birthday of Ronald Reagan. The conservative Christians are strong at Bel Air Presbyterian.


Anonymous said...

The US is a de-facto Christian theocracy pretending to be a secular democractic republic indifferent to religious views.
The only reason for the Founding Fathers to protect religious rights was to protect one intolerant Christian denomination from another intolerant denomination!

Use the Name, Luke said...


noun, plural theocracies.

1. a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God's or deity's laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.

2. a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission.

3. a commonwealth or state under such a form or system of government.

Our country has never been a theocracy — one where religion and government are one and the same. In fact, the First Amendment prohibits such an "establishment of religion".

On the other hand, Christian principles are central to the design of our government and the lives of those who created it. Therefore, the First Amendment also prohibits government from attempting to suppress those principles.

IMHO, based on the history of the negative effects of what happened when sociopolitical structures swerved in both directions, I think that is how it should be.

Anonymous said...

5:38 Points 1 thru 3 could apply to Iran.

Dean said...

8:24 AM - Points 1 through 3 apply to almost all Islamic countries. Sharia law, under which most operate, is law dictated by the Quoran. In some Islamic countries believing in any religion other than Islam is a death sentence.

2:55 - you are wrong. The U.S. government is prohibited by law from favoring one religion over another. While individuals may give members of a faith other than Christian grief, our government does not.

Anonymous said...

"One nation under GOD" "In GOD we trust", etc. are indicatve of a "de facto" theocracy (not one officially stated in law).
Also no serious candidate for President or high government office would dare admit to being non-religious or worse still "atheist". Bush senior even said atheists shouldn't be US citizens.

Bird of Paradise said...

There is absolutly nothing in the U.S. Constitution specifying a separation of Church & State there is however a prophbition of a specific religion