The brand of democracy found in the United States is quite unique because it established the principle of the separation of church and state. The principle has been tested at times by religious zealots who think they have the truth and that it should be expressed more fully in the political sphere. Nevertheless, any movement so far in the direction of a theocracy has been thwarted.
Most citizens accept the fact that the ethical values inherent in our Judeo Christian heritage are vital to the republic. However, the attempt by some to blur the lines between church and state only seems to reveal that their “... truth will make you free” (John 8:32) mantra is unfounded.
We must jealously guard the separation principle because no one has final truth except God, and he/she is a mystery in many respects. The secular and religious must live side-by-side but remain separate in a democratic society.
Harry A. Dennis, Boise
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