When a Christian voices an opinion on social hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage, there are always a few who cry foul based on the "separation of church and state."
However, the other night I saw an evangelical minister asked if the Bible supported the rich paying more taxes. "Isn't that a Christian value?" asked the interviewer. The minister correctly asserted that helping the poor should never be mandated by government, but all should freely give more to those in need.
Yet it begs the question: Why did the interviewer suddenly bust through the "wall of separation" to support the call for higher taxes on the rich? Does this mean you are against "separation" as long as the church agrees with YOUR public policy agenda? Then quick! Put that "wall" back up when we broach subjects on which we vehemently disagree (gay marriage, abortion, etc.).
The blatant hypocrisy by many on the left has me scratching my head.
You can't have your separation and eat it too. Picking and choosing when separation is a good thing belies the contraception mandate that guarantees free birth control at the cost of religious liberty. What is going on? Wake up and smell the burning Bill of Rights!
Where are the separatists now? The ACLU? They could be defending their belief system and proving their integrity instead of remaining eerily silent.
If you want separation of church and state, great, do not force a faithful Christian business owner to pay for health coverage their belief system cannot support. Stop selecting when and where you will herald the value of the 1st Amendment. Most Christians believe (as I do) the church is not a structure, but a people. When you force individuals to deny their Christian conscience, you are robbing them of the rights they are constitutionally guaranteed.
I agree there should be no state religion, but the religious affiliations of those who work for and in the state and those governed by the state can and should be protected as they govern publicly and do business privately. If you appreciate that Christian business owners believe they shouldn't lie and cheat, then you need to protect the views they hold that you may not agree with as well.