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The Dems vs Christianity?

These days I hear lots of people saying that the Democrats are waging a war on Christmas, or Obama is crushing religious freedom, or various similar nasty-sounding things. These things aren't true. Something similar is true, but I'll get to that in a bit.

Liberals in the United States generally tend to believe in a concept called separation of church and state. There is no national religion, and no religion should be given special treatment by government. The only way these policies attack Christianity is to say “get back in line with all the other religions” when Christian organizations attempt to assume some kind of official or universal-default role.

This has been happening a lot lately, it seems. This is particularly true in local government. In many local governing bodies, the vast majority of participators are indeed Christian. This leads to assumptions of Christianity being the de facto source of guiding principles for that governing body.

The problem is when Christians in government begin to assert their opinion that Christianity should be the source of guiding principles for everyone. I understand that part of being a good Christian is to save others by converting them to Christianity, but this is where things get problematic.

Government in the United States is not to be used as a tool to convert people to any specific religion. It is not to enforce specific moral rules of one religion on everyone else. It is not to give members of one religion more freedom to practice that religion, than to members of any other religion.

It seems a significant fraction of Christian citizens of the United States believes that this country is and/or should be a Christian nation. They have ambitions to use government to save the whole country and/or punish sinners. These ambitions are incompatible with the separation of church and state — which is, in fact, a founding principle of the United States of America. It is these ambitions that are crushed by those politicians who uphold the separation of church and state.

To crush the ambitions of national (or global) domination by one religion is not the same as to crush that religion.

Disclaimers: This is an opinion site, not a debate site. You are entitled to your own opinion, as I am entitled to mine. We are not, however, entitled to our own facts. I have done some light research on this topic. If you disagree with the facts I have asserted, do your own research; I hope you'll discover those same facts. Beware of any “facts” presented as part of an argument for a political position (such as this essay).

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