Elaine Harris Spearman discusses ministers in politics


Elaine Harris Spearman discusses ministers in politics

Extended discussions on religion and politics are like oil and water. They just don’t mix. When these talks ensue, there are no winners. Prolonging the expressing of opinions does not produce favorable results. 

Disguising the opinions as “separation of church and state” at best alienates most people, and at worst spreads wrong and misleading information to those who have not studied this constitutional concept. 

It goes without saying, but we will say it: Legal scholars and the courts are still grappling with religion and politics. Suffice it to say that regular discussions can become heated and unproductive unless the parties involved are civil and agree to disagree. 

The U.S Supreme Court has acknowledged that the total separation of church and state is not truly possible. The government adopts a “benevolent neutrality” toward religion that does not promote nor inhibit it. It is something of a reasonable accommodation; hence the tax-exempt status that is afforded religious organizations. 

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