Separation of Church and State

Essay by AITstu-tHigh School, 12th grade March 2004

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Alexander Zubarev

Commentary on separation of church and state

My research topic was a separation of church and state, and in my opinion, it shouldn't be totally fused, but should be closer to each other than they are right now.

The topic is controversial, since the United States was founded on Christian principles, but religion saw decline as time progressed. Now religious conservatives are looking forward to bringing church and state closer together, while liberals are looking forward to maintaining separation. It is worthy to note that the Republican party of the United States supports most of religious principles (they are conservative, for the death penalty, against gay marriages, and against abortion, to list a few examples), while the Democratic party is against most religious principles (liberal, against the death penalty, for gay marriages, for abortion). So, religion still may play a shadow role in the U.S politics, and indirectly, world politics.

George W. Bush may well act as a new King Richard the Lionhearted, leading a crusade against the Holy Land of Iraqis.

Throughout history, separation of church and state has been an important issue. In Catholic Europe, the Pope dominated for quite a while, serving as an example of fusion of church and state. Orthodox Russia and protestant England, Germany and others served as an example of separation between church and state.

One of the best arguments against fusion of church and state is the conflicts that may arise between these two separate entities. However, as in Islamic Middle East, fusion of these entities may build spiritual alliances between different regions, countries, and races. Right now, America is losing hold of its once attractive Christian power. Total fusion would disrupt democratic principles, making American government closer to fundamentalism. However, total separation would not only weaken the morale...