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Holding hands Getty Creative Images Debate about same-sex marriage continues to generate significant public and political attention and is one of the most visible issues within and around the GLBTI community.
The American separation of church and state rests upon respect for the church; the [European anticlerical] separation, on indifference and hatred of the church, and of religion itself The constitution did not create a nation, nor its religion and institutions. The result would be a disaster. All history shows that unions of church and state are harmful to religious liberty and human freedom. Religion has prospered under America's policy of separation, and our society is the freest, most religiously diverse in the world. Unfortunately, Bush and Pryor do not appreciate that. Hamid’s blunt assertions about Islam, in fact, dovetail with what other scholars have been saying for years, and oblige Westerners to look more closely at the relationship between liberal democracies and a faith that rejects some of the foundational tenets that make .
While most of us see this as an issue of equal rights and equal recognition of love and commitment, The lack of separation of church detractors see it as an attack on the religious institution of marriage.
When debates like this arise we get a glimpse into the way many political leaders and social commentators use religion as a core defence for decision-making. The census data shows a record increase in the number of Australians identifying as having no religion now Yet we continue to open Parliament each day with the Lord's Prayer, continue to refer to the bible in lieu of the constitution and continue to provide public funds to organisations operating within the teachings of various scriptures.
The intersection of religion and politics is deep and is fuelled by many excuses and exemptions, which in a free, secular society should not be tolerated. There is an important debate to be had about the appropriateness of billions of dollars provided by individuals to religious organisations being tax exempt, however the quantum of government funds going directly into these organisations is of greater concern.
This may be true. However each receive hundreds of millions of dollars of public funds each year to provide this service.
Public accountability for use of these funds is long overdue, particularly with regard to who is being actively excluded or undermined as part of the programs and services on offer.
Darren Hayes, a high profile musician and passionate advocate for equal rights within the GLBTI community, put the spotlight on the discriminatory practices of the Salvation Army last week. Given an opportunity to respond, a spokesperson from the Salvation Army, Major Andrew Caribe, was interviewed on the 'Salt and Pepper' program on Melbourne's JoyFM on Friday and provided confirmation that policies of the Salvation Army are taken directly from the scriptures, including a reference to homosexual acts and a statement that "those who practice such things deserve to die".
Major Caribe went onto state that homosexuality is a choice that must be "resisted". There is ongoing discussion about the active exclusion of gay men from donating blood through the Red Cross. It's frustrating to see the impassioned pleas from the Red Cross for more Australians to donate blood, only to exclude a large group of the community who in most cases are healthy and altruistic.
The decision of the High Court to rule funding of chaplains in schools to be "constitutionally invalid" further reinforces the explicit conflict of interest emerging.
With so many public schools the victim of inequitable funding arrangements, and with further cuts being planned, it is unimaginable that such a large amount of public funds continue to be directed to funding explicit Christian teaching and guidance and not additional teachers and qualified school support staff.
The Federal Government have also invested close to half a billion dollars in chaplains in schools.
There are undoubtedly many more examples of billions of taxpayer dollars being used each year to directly or indirectly fund exclusion and discrimination. No doubt many of these services meet a range of needs in the community, however is it unreasonable to expect that public funds be used to support programs that do not discriminate?
It says a lot that the largest, most financially secure non-profit organisations in Australia have a direct religious affiliation and those with a secular base are smaller and receive less support from government. Of course it can be argued that the Christian ethos is a powerful and positive one, and one that has provided support and service to those in need for centuries.
However when public funds are provided and when organisations can loudly, actively and explicitly discriminate based on religion alone, surely we need to demand that public funds are redirected? The impact of this constant undertone of discrimination on young GLBTI young people cannot be underestimated.It is definitely a very welcome process, but it is definitely not over by any means.
Therefore, there is still not a complete separation between the church and the state. Many of the traditional political institutions are still dependent on the Church of England. Jul 19, · On lack of separation church/state July 19, ExploreWorldViews views Separation between church and state- not an option for Muslims since it requires to replace God-given beliefs with man-made beliefs.
Mar 21, · But Santorum has it topsy-turvy: Separation of church and state isn't the enemy of freedom of religion, but its best guarantee, and you don't have to take my word for it. Mar 21, · But Santorum has it topsy-turvy: Separation of church and state isn't the enemy of freedom of religion, but its best guarantee, and you don't have to take my word for it.
Debate about same-sex marriage continues to generate significant public and political attention and is one of the most visible issues within and around the GLBTI community.
The church has always been the one place where people in need could go, and in fact, should go. Society complains when the church becomes involved in government, crying foul for lack of separation.
But when the government wants to dictate who can and .