Division Of Church And State Keeps Balance

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During his election campaign, President George W. Bush promised voters, that if elected, he would direct public money into faith-based charities.

According to a poll released Tuesday, 75 percent of Americans would be in favor of using tax dollars to fund church-operated charities. However, there is one major condition, that the money should not go to non-Judeo-Christian faiths, such as Muslims, Buddhists or the Nation of Islam.

In a related debate, Arizona's legislature will soon be addressing bills that could allow student-run Bible clubs at middle schools. But these bills, if approved, would possibly permit other clubs to operate under school sponsorship, such as an atheist club or even a satanic club.

Therein lies the problem: When we step over the constitutional line of separation between church and state, we want to be able to pick and choose what we think is acceptable and what's not. This type of discrimination shakes the very foundation of freedom upon which our nation was built. That's why the Pilgrims sought a new land where they would no longer be told what religious practices were acceptable.

The solution is clear keep the hand of government out of religion. Keep the constitutional division between church and state. Let our tax dollars do the work of government, and let our church donations do the work of faith-based social services or religious clubs.

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